High school students should have many opportunities to explore their passions. At Faith Lutheran High School, we have created five distinct Academies for students to pursue their academic interests. As the person who supports the directors of these Academies, I have observed the power that a quality high school internship can have on a student’s future. Our Academy students complete 50-90 hour internships to learn more about themselves and even more about the world in which we live.
So, you’ve been blessed with a student who is gifted in the arts. Now what? Don’t panic. As the Dean of Fine Arts, I’ve had refreshingly honest meetings with parents who came clean and admitted they were afraid their theatrically inclined son would end up living in their guestroom forever, which would be particularly awkward when Aunt Agatha came for her yearly visit.
What a tremendous few days. As I type this at 36,000 feet on our flight to Las Vegas from Houston, our team is heading back home tired yet fulfilled.
29 Faith Lutheran students, 2 administrators, and 4 parents are here from Las Vegas to do what we can to bring some relief and support to the people in the Greater Houston area. Subscribe to the blog for additional trip updates.
With so many opportunities out there to compete in club sports all year long at a young age, many kids are specializing in a single sport. Questions continue to arise about whether or not specialization is good for kids, especially as it relates to the age of the student. Parents that have kids involved in sports at a young age will undoubtedly have choices to make regarding how much their kids will focus on a particular sport or whether they will participate in multiple athletic activities.
Students today can seem more involved, well-rounded, and engaged then generations before. The result: BUSY teenagers. What can we do to support and mentor them as life gets stressful?
Adults have spent the last week helping children process the events of October 1st. As life slowly begins to return to what will be the new normal in Vegas, many are left wondering what conversations are left. How will we know if our kids are showing signs of trauma? As a mother, the wife of a first responder, and a counselor at Faith Lutheran, I have guided many discussions this week and understand the work that still lies before us as we all recover. Much of that work will continue with you.
Make no mistake. There is still disbelief. There is still fear. There is still pain. There is still grief. At least 60 are dead; more than 500 are injured. Countless others wounded emotionally. Unanswered questions like “Why?!?” still abound among the madness.
Yet in the midst of the chaos, God has been faithful. He has heard the cries of schools, churches, and citizens around the world praying for peace and comfort and strength. He has answered those prayers with a resounding “Yes!”
The Las Vegas Community was devastated by an act of evil last night. We gathered our students and faculty together this morning to pray, to provide reassurance to our students, and to ask God for His comfort and peace for all of those involved.
As we read in Part 1, childhood has changed. Our kids live in a world that is more visible and transparent than ever. As parents the choices we made as kids were usually private and undocumented. However, our children are living in a society where everything is filmed, watched, documented and shared. In Part 2, we will discuss how our child's digital world can and will have a direct impact on their physical world and what parents can do.