"He restores my soul." ~ Psalm 23:3a

September 26, 2022

From the Desk of the Principal...

Dear Jr/Sr High Families,

Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice! We are now a little more than a month into the year and we have much to be joyful for. Your kids have settled in and are meeting school expectations well. We owe you a large ‘thank you’ for your support at home in teaching respect and the importance of doing the best they can do with their classwork. We truly need to be a team!

As we settle now into the year, one of the most important roles of a Principal is to be an educational leader - a partner with teachers in thinking about how to be the best they can be. Encouraging teachers to keep finding ways to further engage our students in their learning is one of the most exciting parts of the job for me. Along with meaningful classroom observations and dialogue, as educators part of this process is to keep asking ourselves self-reflection questions.

  • Can we add some more cooperative learning (group work) to our lessons?
  • Is there a way of incorporating more meaningful movement at points in our lessons?
  • Are students at the center of your classroom or am I?
  • Am I clear with my learning targets so I can assess whether or not my students are meeting them?
  • Are my assessments varied and aligned with my instruction?
  • Am I giving timely feedback so my students know where they are at in their learning?

I look forward to working with our teachers as we live our mission in serving God. Remember that if you ever have any classroom issues that you would like to talk about, it is important that you begin with a conversation with the teacher. I will always ask if that conversation has happened first. God bless you all as we move into October.

In His Service,

Brent Brayko

From the Desk of the Academic Dean...

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

The famous book by Dr. Seuss speaks to the occasion that our students encounter to try new adventures and seize new opportunities. At a Lutheran school, I have the privilege of sharing with students the fact that, as children of God, they have been blessed by Him with gifts and talents and passions that identify who they are, and whom God made them to be. This identity in Christ drives that initiative to seek out the new adventures and opportunities that are theirs to seize, adventures and opportunities that God has specifically designed them to pursue and conquer. This is an important part of what it means to be a Christ-Centered school, and this is one of the greatest joys of my mission here at Rockford Lutheran. I am blessed to see them discover who they are and what God has prepared for them to accomplish. Then, I get to see them walk that stage and step into that new adventure. Thank you for sharing these young people with us, giving us the privilege to enjoy this exciting time of their young lives.

The following is a list of college visit opportunities we have scheduled for the year, opportunities for Sophomores through Seniors to speak to others about those new adventures and opportunities that await. Please encourage your student to participate in these visits.

College Visits 2022-23

  • October 4, 8:00 am. University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh  
  • October 4 9:45 am. Quincy University (IL) 
  • October 5, 10:00 am. Luther College (IA
  • October 5, 11:00 am. Marquette University (WI)  
  • October 5, 1:00 pm. Concordia University-Wisconsin (WI) 
  • October 5, 1:45 pm. Valparaiso University (IN) 
  • October 11, 8:50 am. Binghamton University (NY) 
  • October 13, 8:00 am. Dordt University (IA)  
  • October 13, 9:45 am. Lake Forest College (IL
  • October 14, 9:25 am. University of Northwestern St. Paul 
  • October 17, 12:45 pm. St. Ambrose University (IA)  
  • October 18, 11:25 am. Cedarville University (OH) 
  • October 18, 12:45 pm. Trinity Christian College (IL) 
  • October 28, 1:45 pm. Blackburn College (IL)  
  • November 2, 9:15 am. Tricoci University of Beauty Culture (IL)  
  • November 2, 11:00 am. Michigan Technological University (MI)  
  • November 2, 1:45 pm. Aurora University (IL)

In Him,

Don Kortze

RVC College Night

October 5, 2022 | 6-8 PM

This is a great opportunity to get some first-hand information from a wide variety of schools. Take advantage to talk face-to-face with over a hundred college reps. 


From the Desk of the Athletic Director...


Homecoming was a huge success, Thank you to all those involved for making homecoming a big success. Student council, you were absolutely amazing in how you organized the entire week for our student body to enjoy themselves throughout homecoming week. We were blessed to have a good number of alums return to spend time with us. It was great to see Crusaders of the past mingle with the present. Every activity and event was a total team effort.

Speaking of team effort, we are so proud of our football team for coming out in a dominating performance over Rock Falls with a 48-0 homecoming victory. The Crusaders put on a performance that was unmatched by their opponent. We are driving for the playoffs; we are just a few victories away and it becomes a reality.  

Homecoming halftime festivities were a big hit, with a performance from our Cheerleading team. We would like to congratulate two of our very own student-athletes for being voted homecoming king and queen. Mr. Kyng Hughes and Miss Thalia Mackey, who are so worthy of being crowned to represent not only the athletic department, but the entire school as homecoming king and queen.

Please continue to pray for and support our Athletes and School.


Cedric Jones

From the Desk of the Medical Clerk...

As a reminder to parents...

Illness while at school - students must report to the medical clerk (or main office in her absence). Students are not to call home to be dismissed. School personnel will contact parents when a student falls ill at school.

Also....All medications must be administered though the medical clerk's office and there must be a signed form on file. See the medical clerk if medications are necessary from your doctor.

We appreciate your cooperation in these matters.

Jennifer LaPier

A Note to Jr High Parents

Rockford Lutheran Junior High welcomed guests from the Rockford Park District to lead a team-building event for our 6th and 7th grades during Homecoming Week. Students learned to listen, to evaluate and implement the ideas of others, and to work together to solve problems. Thank you to RPD for helping us grow resilient, respectful, and responsible Christian students.

You can see many more photos of all the fun by heading over to our Jr High Facebook Group.


Leslie Johnson

Jr High Program Coordinator

From the Classroom...

Art Club

We are in Week 6 and the Art room has been very busy. Currently, between all of the offered Art Classes, students have uploaded an amazing 345 art pieces into their digital portfolios, and written artist statements, as well as been entered into several contests. Please feel free to look at student-submitted pieces at Artsonia Art Gallery - Rockford Lutheran Jr/Sr High School.

The Advanced students were commissioned to create centerpieces for Oktoberfest, and the 3D class has just completed their cardboard sculptures. Here is an example of a mask that sophomore Austin Roser has completed. If you would like commissioned Art piece, please contact me at ghaut@rockfordlutheran.org.

Thank you, 

Greg Haut 

Visual Art Instructor RLS

Don't forget! Be sure to visit the Art Club Students when they once again participate in the Rockford Area Arts Council's Fall Art Scene on October 14 and 15. Students will showcase and sell their original works from their ArtScene venue located at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church.


The students in Mrs. Jensen's Calculus class partnered up and discussed whether functions were continuous or discontinuous. They shared their problem and how they arrived at their conclusion.

7th Grade Advanced Math with Mrs. Jensen

Students began work today on a chapter project wrapping solving equations and inequalities. They are performing error analysis, creating slideshows demonstrating how to solve various types of problems, creating a quiz or a poem/rap/song on how to solve, and demonstrate their skills through solving challenging problems.

Senior Yearbook Portraits

Senior portraits for the Rockford Lutheran yearbook are currently being completed by Olson Photography. Call this week if you haven't had your portrait taken at Olson Photography. The last call is now.

To ensure that your photo will appear in the yearbook if you already had your portraits made, don't forget to choose your yearbook pose and email Olson studio with this information as soon as you can. They urgently require your choice.

Additionally, on the morning of Friday, September 30, any senior who has not been photographed by September 29th will have one final opportunity to do so in the gym. Don't miss out on being in the 2023 yearbook.

Olson Photography



Upcoming Events...


26 - Girls HS Volleyball vs. Stillman Valley

26 - JH Soccer vs. Roscoe At Park Fields

26 - HS Tennis Vs. Belvidere @ Rockford Univ.

27 - Science Olympiad Practice

27 - Boys And Girls Cross Country @ Genoa Kingston

28 - Late Start Day

28 - See You At The Pole | National Day Of Student Prayer

28 - Senior College Planning Night

29 - Grades 6,7, & 8 Yearbook Photos

29 - Science Olympiad Practice

30 - Grades 9,10 & 11 Yearbook Photos

30 - Jr & Sr High Chapel

30 - Football @ Dixon


01 - Sat Test

01 - Girls Varsity Volleyball @ Sterling

01 - Boys Cross Country @ Belvidere

03 - HS Boys Golf @ IHSA Sectionals

03 - Jr High Play Rehearsal

04 - Science Olympiad Practice

04 - Jr High Play Rehearsal

05 - Late Start Day

05 - Jr High Play Rehearsal

06 - Science Olympiad Practice

06 - Jr High Play Rehearsal

07 - Jr & Sr High Chapel

08 - Jr High Play Rehearsal

08 - Crusader Football @ Rockford Christian

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