Core Values
   The purpose of formalizing core values is to establish priorities. They also then serve as a guide
   and framework for planning ministry. What always needs to be most important for our school? 
   These are our K-8 th grade core values.

    #1 – Jesus is the center of our school.

   God’s Grace through Christ always wins. We are the Hope of the world because of Jesus. Our
   teachers lead with this, and our students are surrounded by this encouragement each and every
   day. If this focus on Jesus our Savior ever changes, our doors should be closed. Every class –
   each and every class – connects to Christ, to our God, to our Creator, and to the one “in whom
   all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17). We want more children at our school because of
   Jesus – He is our mission statement and He is our most important core value.

    #2 – We value that parents are the primary spiritual influence in their child’s life.

   We seek as a school to assist parents. Parents are always in the spiritual driver’s seat for their
   children while they’re living at home. We want to always encourage our families to cultivate
   Christian homes through Spirit-led, disciplined effort, which, Lord willing, will grow up a
   generation of young Christians who believe that they indeed are the hope of the world through
   Christ. How can we as a school ministry best encourage and equip our families to be the very
   best, impactful Christian parents they can be? This is a core question! And here is our constant prayer for your family - O God, our dwelling place in all generations, look with favor upon the homes of our school. Embrace husbands and wives, parents and children, in the arms of Your love, and grant that each, in reverence for Christ, fulfill the duties You have given.  Bless our homes that they may ever be a shelter for the defenseless, a fortress for the tempted, a resting place for the weary, and a foretaste of our eternal home with You; Make this happen, Lord, through the Spirit’s power living in us.  Amen!

#3 – We value instructional excellence and growth for each of our teachers.

A great school is created as a result of hard-working, skilled, great teachers – period. Great learning happens first and foremost through the planned efforts and instruction of teachers. Students will go where we teachers lead them, and this core value sets before us the goal to always be growing as Christian educators. Staff collaboration is vital. Continuing education is also very important – classes, workshops, webinars, observations, personal reading, and more. More on this later in the report!

#4 – We value academic excellence and growth for each of our students.

The Lord says to do all things to His glory (1 Cor. 10:31) and every day during our morning announcements the kids say, “Do your very best, and pray that it's blessed.” Doing their very best…this is what we seek for each of the kids – that they do their very best each day. Every year, we have the goal of furthering the level of “differentiated instruction” (DI) already happening in our classrooms. DI is a fancy
term for top-notch instruction that helps each child grow through effective best practices in instruction so that all students are challenged well to grow as much as possible.

#5 – We value developing our students’ Christian character – especially servant leadership.

In Galatians 5:22-23, the Spirit tells us through the words of Paul, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self- control. Against such things there is no law.” The fruits of Christian character are fruits that we teachers seek to cultivate in our students every day at school through the Holy Spirit’s work in each of their hearts. Jesus also taught us to serve others. Christian character and servant-leadership are timeless and they have the potential to change the world one family, one business, one church, one person at a time – all in the name of Jesus.

These are our Lutheran school’s five core values that we seek to live out and lead with each and every day. May God cause all of these core values to thrive in our Lutheran school!