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7 Tips for High School Freshmen

Posted by Scott Fogo on Aug 28, 2018 11:59:46 AM

You might feel a mix of emotions at the beginning of your high school career.  There is some uneasiness based on the increased academic rigor, the high-stakes of college admissions, and, of course, new social interactions.  However, these same three factors should also be cause for excitement.  The following are seven simple hints for easing the tension and having a fun and successful high school career.

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Topics: freshman, college, homework, time management, advice, anxiety

Dangers, Data, and Divinity

Posted by Karl Knorr on Mar 13, 2018 5:33:00 AM

As the Director of Social Norms here at Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School, I am passionate about helping our students avoid risky behaviors like drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and sex.  This January we have launched our Faith Facts campaign with renewed vigor to involve the entire Faith Family.  Faith Facts is a major undertaking that is part of a comprehensive ‘Avoid Risky Behaviors’ program.  To summarize the comprehensive approach, I will summarize it in three words ‘Danger, Data, and Divinity”.

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Topics: advice, high school, middle school, identity, transition, teen, parent, counseling, social media, parenting, sexting, teens, relationships, education, social norms, faith facts

How do Selective Universities Choose their Students?

Posted by John Chilman on Feb 14, 2018 3:33:54 PM

In 2017, 93% of Faith Lutheran seniors went to a 4-year university.  Our college counselors Mr. Chilman and Mr. Buikema work hard to make sure that students are applying to universities that are the right fit.  However, sometimes the university you apply to has an acceptance rate of 5%.  This begs the question, "How do selective universities choose their students?"  The easiest answer to the question is, "It depends".

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Topics: college, advice, counseling, college search, college tips, education

Raising Exceptional Kids: Fostering Strength, Independence, and Resilience

Posted by Mark Cheney on Dec 19, 2017 5:40:00 AM

Adulting.  Failure to launch.  Safe spaces.  Microaggressions.  Snowflakes.  

A host of new terms has entered the vernacular to describe the actions, attitudes, and responses of Millennials and adolescents today.  Why are we seeing such a phenomenon?  More importantly, how can we raise strong, resilient, and independent adolescents who grow into well-adjusted adults?

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Topics: advice, high school, middle school, athletics, resilience, millenials, snowflake children, self-efficacy, independent children

Homework-How Much is Too Much?

Posted by Courtney Burns on Dec 5, 2017 5:30:00 AM

As a parent, the most frequent point of contention I have with my teen and tween is homework.  As a school counselor, it is a frequent concern voiced by parents.  Homework can quickly become a power struggle, turning kitchen tables into battlefields and consuming family time in the evenings.  While there is no easy rule for how many minutes of homework a child “should” have each night, and some nights will have more homework than others, there are ways to help ease the burden.

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Topics: homework, time management, advice, middle school, counseling, organization

4 Reasons for Christian Education

Posted by Stephen Blank on Nov 28, 2017 5:37:00 AM

“Of course you’d send your kids to Christian schools…You and your wife teach at one…”

Yet, our family would fare better financially if we went back to the public school our children were in two years ago.  So then, “Why would I send my kids to a Christian school?”  

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Topics: Christian Identity, advice, Christian school, theology, the three estates, education

Life is Beautiful...Stressful but Beautiful

Posted by Dan Buikema on Oct 17, 2017 5:16:51 PM

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? 

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Topics: college, homework, time management, advice, high school, anxiety, Christian school, activities, counseling, parenting, stress, ferris buller

What Happens Next?  Helping Your Kids Through Last Week’s Tragedy

Posted by Courtney Burns on Oct 9, 2017 1:33:14 PM

 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.

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Topics: advice, high school, anxiety, Christian school, transition, counseling, trauma, ptsd, shooting

Tips for High School Freshmen

Posted by Scott Fogo on Sep 14, 2017 2:36:08 PM

You might feel a mix of emotions at the beginning of your high school career.  There is some uneasiness based on the increased academic rigor, the high-stakes of college admissions, and, of course, new social interactions.  However, these same three factors should also be cause for excitement.  The following are seven simple hints for easing the tension and having a fun and successful high school career.

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Topics: freshman, college, homework, time management, advice, anxiety

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