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5 Tips for Surviving the Middle School Transition

Posted by Sarah Harper on Aug 27, 2018 12:00:00 PM

We wanted to bring back one of our first blog posts written by Mrs. Sarah Harper our Middle School principal.  Starting a new school, coming into middle school, or returning after a whole summer off can be tough!  Middle isn't easy but here are some tips that can ease the transition. 

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Topics: middle school, transition, teen, parent, independence, activities

Fail and Flourish: The Williams Research Greenhouse at Faith Lutheran

Posted by Stephen Blank on Jul 3, 2018 3:09:32 PM

“Why are we building a Greenhouse?”  A skeptical 8th grader asks.  The purpose of this greenhouse is bigger than the plants, but rather than getting knee deep in a philosophical discussion about best educational practices with a thirteen year old, I instead reply, “It will have fish...” Based on their reaction, the student is satisfied.

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Topics: outdooreducation, collaboration, co-curricular, independent children, resilience, education, extracurricular activities, middle school, high school, Christian school, greenhouse, researchgreenhouse

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

Esther the Comfort Queen Part 2

Posted by Courtney Burns on Feb 27, 2018 5:33:00 AM

Esther the Comfort Queen has interviewed with Dr. Buuck and signed her official contract!  We are excited to share a little more about the research behind this decision and what her training will entail.

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Topics: snowflake children, stress, independent children, millenials, resilience, shooting, trauma, teens, counseling, middle school, high school, anxiety, comfort dog, Esther

Esther the Comfort Queen Part 1

Posted by Courtney Burns on Jan 9, 2018 5:31:00 AM

We are so pleased to introduce the newest member of the Faith Family - Esther!  Esther is a two month old Goldendoodle.  She will begin working full time at Faith during the 2018-2019 school year but will be a regular visitor to campus during this training year.  I’d like to take a moment to share more information about Esther, how she was “hired”, and what her role at Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School will look like.

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Topics: education, lasvegas, anxiety, shooting, ptsd, trauma, counseling, middle school, high school, Christian school, identity, culture

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: self-efficacy, resilience, millenials, snowflake children, athletics, middle school, high school, advice, 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, counseling, advice, middle school, organization, time management

Athletics: Specialization v.s. Multiple Sports

Posted by Bret Walter on Oct 24, 2017 5:06:35 PM

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.

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Topics: athletics, high school, middle school, specialization, multiple sports, extracurricular activities, injuries, strength and conditioning, performance

Digital Teenagers-Part 2

Posted by Jonathan Orr on Sep 29, 2017 3:08:00 AM

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. 

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Topics: social media, parenting, counseling, middle school, high school, digital teenagers, cyber bullying, online safety, sexting, teens, relationships

Digital Teenagers-Part 1

Posted by Courtney Burns on Sep 25, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Raising digital teenagers is hard work especially when today’s parents did not grow up with the internet. As a school counselor and a mom, I often hear that this leaves parents feeling they are ill equipped to cross the bridge between their experiences and the digital childhood of their offspring. We live in an age of sexting, frightening online challenges, cyberbullying, and digital footprints which can follow middle schoolers to college. Less dramatic is the typical struggle over amount of screen time and how that time is spent. All of this leaves adults veering wildly between over-policing children or giving up supervision altogether. The question remains; how can we keep our kids educated and safe?

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Topics: social media, parenting, counseling, middle school, high school, digital teenagers, cyber bullying, online safety, sexting, teens, relationships

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