~ STANDING UNITED IN CHRIST ~
Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel.
Phillippians 1:27
June 21, 2021
Still Growing Into The Change

This is a wonderful time of the year for me. I am living in a space between what is and what will be. Sports camps, new delivery systems for learning skills and content are all around and the smiles are much more readily on display.

We have said goodbye to some wonderful people while we are welcoming new servant leaders who are sure to develop meaningful relationships with our students. We will be introducing some of our new family members to you in future editions of the newsletter.

Even our approach to the virus is changing. There are still temperature checks, and handshakes have not returned to 2019 levels. We are doing our best to employ the most recent information from the many agencies that have an influence on our operation. There were some unwelcome intrusions under discussion in Springfield in May, but the legislative session was a success to those who see the basic difference between our tuition schools and “public geographic districts”. We do get questions from parents and interested parties about masks and distancing questions. Here is the simplest and most widely appropriate answer to your questions…

There have been many statements of guidance and many changes to those statements. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is one of the bodies with the highest level of influence on us. As you can imagine there are many reasons that we value the State Recognition of the program that we have earned.

The ISBE has stated that all schools will begin the year with five-day-a-week classes at pre pandemic distancing guidance. We have also been told that masks will be worn by students and adults in the buildings. Please be assured that we will be transparent and active in our efforts to share information with you.

You can also be sure of this: while we would like to be able to make and enforce our own rules, we will enforce those rules that are set above us with common sense and compassion.

Let’s all take a break from what was, enjoy what is and know that in our future we will encounter a Gracious God who has been and will remain the leader of this educational ministry.
  • July 20 - Jr/Sr Golf Play Day
  • Aug 6 - Scrip Orders Due
  • Aug 12 - Back to School (Jr/Sr High)
  • Aug 15 - Back to School (Academy)
  • Aug 14 - Freshman Retreat
  • Aug 18 - First Day of School
NOTE:
For the 2021-2022 School year, Late Start days will now be Late Start WEDNESDAYS.
The soundtrack is a recording mix of the people shown in the video ~ the RLS Chamber Choir and Jazz Band.
Kolb Recording Studio
 
Thanks to a generous donation from Sue Kolb and her late husband, the Kolb Recording Studio is an exciting new addition to the Rockford Lutheran Jr/Sr High School campus!
 
The recording studio was masterminded by Band and Choir Director Caleb Staehr and Joey Soper, a senior at Rockford Lutheran, in February of 2020. They put together a detailed list of all the necessary building equipment and technology, submitted the list to the school, and acquired everything necessary to make the dream a reality. Mr. Staehr and Joey started recreating the storage closet space off the music room in the summer of 2020 and worked on and off for months tearing out the carpet, repainting the walls, placing the laminate flooring, redoing the trim work, and putting together all the equipment. With help from Adam and Josh Soper, who assisted in installing the drop ceiling, Alan Carey, who did the lighting and electrical work, and Caleb Richard, who helped with painting, sound tile laying, and tech setup, the project was completed in early January, 2021.
 
The Kolb Recording Studio has already been used for recording all the vocal and instrumental parts for the Studio Promo Video, as featured here, on the studio's DAW (digital audio workplace), and for creating the video itself using the video-making software on the studio's gaming PC. The space and technology were also used to record all the students who participated in this year's Solo & Ensemble contest and to record individual rehearsal accompaniments for the actors in this year's theatre production of High School Musical
 
With extraordinary recording, composition, and video-making capabilities, we are thrilled at the educational opportunities and ministerial outreach the space has already provided and will continue to accomplish for many years to come!
Support Rockford Lutheran School

School may be out for summer, but you can still support Rockford Lutheran School! Here are two ways you can show your support today:
Purchasing Scrip from Rockford Lutheran donates 50% of the profit to a designated student’s tuition account and the other 50% is donated to the school. Gift cards make great grad gifts!

Upcoming order dates
  • Orders due 08/06, arrive 08/13
  • Orders due 8/20, arrive 8/27

Visit our website for complete details... https://rockfordlutheran.org/scrip/
AmazonSmile
You shop. Amazon gives. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. START HERE - smile.amazon.com/ch/36-6126103. Choose Rockford Lutheran School. Connect to your Amazon account, and Lutheran will receive 0.5% of every purchase made.

Either way, it’s a win-win. Happy shopping!
Year in Review

The following graphic shows just some of our successes in an unprecedented year!
4th Quarter Honor Rolls

Congratulations to the following Crusaders! Your hard work paid off! We are proud of you!
ALL A'S HONOR ROLL

Abate, Nora
Boone, D'Evyron
Carlson, Laney
Chemello, Piper
Crull, Evan
Duncan, Kendall
French, Jenna
Fries, Naomi
Ibrahimovic, Aden
Karcz, Skylar
Lucena, Joseph
Maquire, Lily
Mays, Akira
McNames, Brynlee
Meyers, Beckham
Morton, Samantha
Popham, Katelyn
Reyenga, Alexis
Sternquist, Lucas
Stubbe, Aliza
Stubbe, Stella
Tryggestad, Marshall
Valentine, Alex
A/B HONOR ROLL

Ahlberg, Gia
Bressette, Mathew
Buczkiewicz, Anna
Cando, Ellie
Cincinnati, Knox
DeMarb, Meredith
Duran, Kendra
Dyson, Joseph
Escobar, Aribella
Fausett, Braxton
Foster, Jentzen
Gomez-Morales, Yarel
Gulbranson, Jaden
Hart, Sophia
Hauch, Emma
Hecker, Ariana
Hogan, Brooklyn
Hoople, Stephanie
Johns, Taylor
Kinsman, Ellenie
Lindberg, Jaxson
Lindsay, Brady
Lindsay, Michael
Little, Kristen
A/B HONOR ROLL (cont.)

Lopez, Alijah
Lopez, Jerimiah
Lucena, Christian
Martinovich, Tyler
Norman, Addilyn
Oman, Aubrie
Patterson, Jake
Peterson, Addison
Piper, Cash
Rees, Mya
Rees, Tia
Reilly, Luke
Rice, Avery
Schlichting, Brailey
Schuring, Rowan
Scribner, Jace
Spade, Adria
Sternquist, Jackson
Taylor, Emmy
Triplett, Emma
Wachowiak, Maddox
Wagaman, Cameron
Wagaman, Harris
Winkelman, Kali
Saturday, August 14 | 10am - 10pm
Incoming freshmen come together for a day of fun as we get ready to launch the school year. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to build relationships, meet new people and get ready to begin a successful high school experience! RLS staff and upper classmen will lead the event.

We look forward to getting to know our Freshmen! If you have any questions or if your child has any hesitations about attending, please contact Darren Hansen at dhansen@rockfordlutheran.org.
ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE!
Check our website for a complete list by grade of Suggested Summer Reading as well as a quick overview of the Honors’ Summer Reading Initiative.
https://rockfordlutheran.org/summer-reading/
Summer Intern

Junior Kailynn Catalani will be doing a summer internship at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford. She will be working with one of the researchers studying cancer.
Building Bird Houses

The Science National Honor Society built 15 bird houses as a service project. The three different types of bird houses will be strategically placed around the Jr/Sr High School campus and in Alpine Medows Park adjacent to the school. Funds for the wood, fasteners and poles were provided the SNHS fund raising projects and a Thrivent Financial grant. Special thanks to Brad Stradtman (alumni parent) and Nate Wieting (alumni) for cutting the wood used to assemble the bird houses.
Yearbook Delivery

The 2021 Cavalier Yearbook will be available in early August. Fall delivery was encouraged by the publisher due to the circumstances of the school year. The exact pick-up date will be announced as soon as it has been set.
Attention Class of 2022!

Ready or not...Class of 2022 Rockford Lutheran High School Senior Portraits are being taken now!

Olson Photography has been chosen to be Rockford Lutheran Jr/Sr High School's photographer for the 2022 Cavalier yearbook. All seniors must be photographed by Olson Studios to have their picture included in the yearbook. Official 2022 yearbook portraits will be created between June 1st and August 15th (seniors only).

Olson offers custom high end senior portraits to our Lutheran seniors. These discounted sessions in summer offer creative, modern and quality studio and outdoor photography. Voted one of Rockford's finest studios year after year. This studio provides beautiful, consistent images for our yearbook and eliminates extra publishing charges to our school. Olson's photographs are outstanding and at very reasonable prices to our families. You should have received several mailings explaining their sessions and sales. Please call to set up your official photography portraits session we want to see you all in the 2022 yearbook!

Olson Photography
815-873-1777
www.davidolsonphoto.com
Olson Photo Galleries Expire July 31st!

Olson Photography is the official professional photographer for our events, sports, picture day, dances and graduation at Rockford Lutheran School. Use the link to the right to view and order these great memories that have been created of your student during the 2020-2021 school year.

These photographs (Now updated with Prom, Baccalaureate and Graduation images) will only be available through July 31, 2021. Images seen in the gallery are low resolution for web viewing, all original images are sharp focus and colorful for purchasing. Please do not copyright infringe by copying, posting without purchase or Olson Photography’s approval.
 
Did you miss out on ordering picture day or sports picture day? Contact Olson Photography at 815-873-1777. They still have the images.
Semester 2 Honor Rolls

Congratulations to the following Crusaders for achieving academic distinction:
SR HIGH SCHOOL
HIGH HONOR ROLL 4.0 AND ABOVE
ACHENBACH, ABIGAIL A.
AULNER, ALEXANDRA R.
BACHRODT, ANDREW P.
BEERT, ARIA R.
BEHMER, ROBERT G.
BENHAM, KAYLEIGH L.
BLECKER, NICKLAUS M.
BROEGE, BLAKE K.
BUCHANAN, ABIGAIL M.
BUELOW, ISABELLA R.
CARAVELLO, GIANA J.
CAREY, ERIKA A.
CARLSON, SYDNEY M.
CASTILLO, IVY M.
CATALANI, KAILYNN E.
CLARK, COLTON P.
COFFMAN, JADE N.
COURIER, COLIN C.
CROOK, SYDNEY A.
CUSTARDO, PAIGE I.
DANIELE, ABIGAIL L.
de GUZMAN, KATELYN N.
de GUZMAN, LAUREN E.
DOBBS, KAYA L.
ELLIOT, EMMA L.
ELLIOT, PAIGE O.
EMRICH-MUISE, ZACHARY S.
ESPARZA, LEAH M.
EVANS, ALEXANDRIA G.
FAGAN, LEXI R.
FEE, EMMA M.
FISCHER, AVA A.
FRANCK, KYRA A.
GOENS-YARBOROUGH, YARIYANA A.
GRASHORN, CONNLEY J.
GRASHORN, JILLIAN G.
GRAVINO, ANDREW M.
GROSSKOPF, JACOB A.
GUSTAFSON, JAKE R.
HENRY, STELLA A.
HITE, NILES E.
HOMUTH, AUDREY R.
HU, TINGYAO
JOHNS, ISABELLA S.
JOHNSON, TAYLOR J.
JONES, COLIN R.
JULIUS, GREGORY G.
KAMPMIER, SYDNEY E.
KELLOGG, CHRISTOPHER J.
KISTLER, KADEN E.
LAUER, ABIGAIL R.
LAWSON, GRANT N.
LEACH, DEVON M.
LEMMERS, COLE A.
LONER, EMILY E.
LOPEZ, DYLAN A.
LOPEZ, SARAH A.
MACKEY, THALIA C.
MOORE, ARLIN N.
NATHELLA, SANJANA
NEUBERT, ABBEY L.
NYSTROM, JULIA C.
OETTING, JOSHUA P.
OETTING, JULIE M.
OKOROTI, GLORIA C.
PATKUS, CADE M.
PIESCHEL, LOGAN J.
PLACE, CHAELI J.
POHLMAN, VICTORIA J.
POLIZZOTTO, STEPHEN M.
REININGER, NADIYA L.
REISS, DYLAN P.
RICHARD, ADELYN G.
ROBY, GEORGE A.
ROSER, ALLISON O.
RUNDLE, KRISTIN A.
SANDERS, PRESTON N.
SCHAUER, GABRIELLE R.
SCHAUER, HANNAH J.
SCHMID, ISABELLA R.
SLUIS, EMILY A.
SOLES, BROOKE E.
SOLES, JACKSON D.
SPANGLER, KAYLA J.
SPANGLER, LAUREN J.
STRAM, OLIVIA G.
SWISHER, SAVANNA D.
TEMPLE, BENJAMIN J.
TODD, ELLA M.
VACHE, EVAN S.
VERMEER, ISABELLE A.
VINCENT, REMINGTON R.
WARDA, AUDREY M.
WATTS, ETHAN A.
WILHELMI, KYLIE R.
WILHELMI, MADELYN G.
YEUNG, ADALIA M.
ZIEMER, ELENA G.
HONOR ROLL 3.5 - 3.99
BALLENGER, JONAH D.
BEETS, JAMARIAH D.
BREWER, JOURDAN A.
BUCZKIEWICZ, EMMA J.
BURKHART, KYLA B.
CHRISTIE, AUTUMN S.
COOK, MIKAELA N.
DENK, HANNAH M.
DENT, LOUIS V.
FLAMM, ELLA E.
FUSTIN, BROOKE I.
GRAY, JAYDEN J.
HECK, KYLEE E.
HORN, MELANIE G.
HUFFINE, MIKAYLA D.
JAMES, EMMA A.
LEPAK, JOSHUA N.
MILLER, JONAH T.
MORTON, KYLEE R.
NELSON, BRENDEN L.
NELSON, HAYDEN R.
PENNEY, TYLER C.
PETERSON, EMILY L.
PIERCE, CADEN A.
RATHOD, MAHI I.
RICHARDSON, ISABELLA F.
SANDEEN, ERYN N.
SHOCKLEY, ELIZABETH E.
SOPER, JOSEPH M.
SPAULDING, GABRIELLA M.
TAYLOR, GABRIEL E.
TESDORFF, KAITLYN F.
TURMO, LUCAS J.
VERMEER, SPENCER R.
VILLAFUERTE, LOGAN S.
WILSON, ALEXANDRIA S.
WRIEDT, RUTHIE G.
YAO, RUIXUAN
HONORABLE MENTION 3.0 - 3.49
AKRE, KAYLA A.
AL-RAMAHI, JACOB A.
AVE GPA BY GRAD YEAR
BERTRAND, FOSTER J.
CASEY, MATTHEW E.
CROWLEY, KENNEDY A.
CUNNINGHAM, JAIDA R.
DeCAMPA, SOFIA A.
DELGADO, EMILY R.
ECKELBARGER, SKYLAR M.
ELLERTON, CARTER M.
FLINT, JAYA L.
GROVE, TYLER N.
HABEDANK, TAG C.
HAYNES, MARQUIS J.
HUGHES, KYNG J.
LEKA, EMMANUEL N.
MACKLIN, KIARA I.
MORRIS, WILLOW C.
PFAFF, CASSIDY D.
REID, JASMYN R.
REISS, LOGAN D.
SCHMIDT, GABRIELLE G.
SHEEAN, JAYCIE R.
STARNES, JAY D.
ULRICH, ELIZABETH R.
WALLIN, JADON M.
WHITMORE, DORIAN L.
ZELLER, TRYSTAN C.
JR HIGH SCHOOL
HIGH HONOR ROLL
4.0 AND ABOVE
ANDERSON, GRACE J.
ANDERSON, WILLIAM J.
BAGGARLY, MADISON B.
BALLARD, JORDYN A.
BENHAM, NATHAN C.
BENNETT, MADELYN K.
BUSHNELL, MADISON J.
CHARLTON, ANDREA P.
CLARK, CHLOE A.
CLARK, GAVIN J.
CONNER, CALI B.
de GUZMAN, MEGAN R.
FEE, MATTHEW M.
FLEMING, LYDIA A.
GUSE, JAKE T.
HAWKINS, JA'MYA M.
JAMES, CLAIRE K.
JENSEN, TABITHA M.
LALL, MAXTON F.
LARSEN, JADEN E.
LARSON, ANNA F.
LEGGE, OWEN B.
LUNA, JOSEPH T.
MILLION, LAUREN E.
MORGAN, BETHANY M.
PATKUS, CALE B.
PETERSON, RIVA K.
PETRIE, BRAYDEN D.
PIESCHEL, ELLA P.
POHL, AUBREE A.
SCHOENEWEISS, LANDON C.
SCHUSTER, HAYDEN S.
SJOSTROM, VIOLET N.
SPANGLER, SAMANTHA R.
STERNQUIST, MARGARET K.
TAYLOR, BRYCE P.
WILHELM, CHARLOTTE E.
YOWELL, ADDISON K.
HONOR ROLL
3.5 - 3.99
AMENT, JOSHUA B.
AULNER, KEVIN R.
BEHMER, JOHN H.
BUCZKIEWICZ, AVA G.
CARLSON, LUCAS J.
CASTILLO, ETHAN C.
CELL, KOLTYN J.
CLINTON, SETH D.
DIXON, SANTANA J.
DREDSKE, CORA J.
HORN, LANDON J.
JOHNSON, ABIGALE M.
LITTLE, NATALIE J.
LOEWECKE, GIULIANA R.
NIKOLIC, MAGGIE A.
PETERSON, HANNA K.
REILLY, LANDON D.
REYENGA, TANNER B.
SCHLICHTING, REESE E.
SCHOENEWEISS, GRAYDEN T.
SCHWANEBECK, ISABELLA G.
TAYLOR, ALLISON L.
TRIPLETT, MATTHEW P.
TURMO, KINSEY R.
HONORABLE MENTION
3.0 - 3.49
BALLARD, DAVID III
DYSON, BENJAMIN J.
EFFLER, SOFIA L.
GLIDDEN, BELLA M.
GORHAM, NOAH C.
HABEDANK, TAHLULA M.
JONES, NORA C.
LANDIN, REESE K.
LEWIS, MEREDITH M.
LING, NATHAN D.
LOUTHAIN, AVA
MUHAMMAD, AMIRAH N.
NEUBERT, ELLA J.
OMAN, MacKENNA B.
PALMER, MYA L.
POTTER, BROOKE L.
REID, KHYLA M.
RILEY, MILLI'ON K.
ROBINSON, DADE P.
ROSER, AUSTIN J.
SCARPACI, LEO W.
STRAM, CAMERON M.
STRONG, KA'MORRAH S.
TORRES, ETHAN R.
TORRES, JULIAN A.
VANBLARICOM, BLAKE A.
VILLAFUERTE, MASON E.
WUDTKE, BOHDAN M.
YEUNG, AURORA A.
ZELIC, IVANA
Join us on August 30, 2021 to support the Rockford Lutheran Foundation as they raise funds for our next Capital Campaign going towards renovating the Jr. High Gym. Don’t golf? Not to worry. Join us for dinner and silent auction. Or find one of the many other ways to support the cause. Download the registration form below and return it by August 15th. 

Questions can be directed to Rita Schmidt at rschmidt@rockfordlutheran.org.