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Class of 2019 Meet Us Monday: Reagan B.

We are now just over three weeks from Graduation for the ILS Class of 2019! It is hard to believe that the year is so quickly nearing its end, but we hope that you are enjoying our look back with our 8th graders as they reflect on both their final year at ILS as well as the years they have spent learning and growing together. This week, we continue our "Meet Us Monday" series with another member of our ILS Class of 2019, and as always, we hope you enjoy!

Class of 2019 Meet Us Monday: Lucas S.

We hope you are enjoying our Class of 2019 “Meet Us Mondays” series as we hear from our 8th graders in their own words their favorite ILS memories and traditions, words of wisdom they remember from their teachers, highlights from their 8th grade year, and where they’ll be heading to high school in the fall. It is hard to believe that we’re just a month out from the end of the school year, and it is even harder to believe these students will soon be graduating. We truly appreciate our Class of 2019 taking the time to reflect on their time at ILS and share some great memories with us all here on the blog!

Class of 2019 Meet Us Monday: Elbethel S..

It is almost May, and we have just over a month until graduation! As we countdown the remaining weeks in the 2018-2019 school year, we’re invited our wonderful 8th grade students to reminisce and share with us a bit about their time at ILS in our "Meet Us Monday" series. Whether they’ve been at ILS for one year, or since Kindergarten, we’ve loved hearing some of their favorite memories, words of wisdom from teachers that has stuck with them, favorite field trips and traditions, and more. We hope you enjoy getting to better know our ILS Class of 2019, and we thank them for taking the time to respond and share more about themselves!

Class of 2019 Meet Us Monday: Jonah C.

We hope that all of our families are enjoying a wonderful long Easter weekend with family and friends!

Our “Meet Us Monday” blog series continues this week as we introduce you to the members of the ILS Class of 2019! The weeks are quickly flying by as our countdown to Graduation continues. As we prepare to send our graduates off to high school, we’ve taken some time to interview each of our 8th grade students to learn more about some favorite ILS memories and traditions, words of wisdom they’ve received over the years, and other reflections from their years here with us at ILS. We hope that you enjoy getting to better know our ILS Class of 2019!

Class of 2019 Meet Us Monday: Marie B.

Our countdown to Graduation continues, and we hope you are enjoying our “Meet Us Monday” series profiling the members of the ILS Class of 2019! Our delightful 8th grade students have been reflecting and sharing a bit about their time at ILS and where they will be headed next year as they enter high school. We hope that you enjoy getting to better know the members of the ILS Class of 2019!

Class of 2019 Meet Us Monday: Tyreke F.

Our “Meet Us Monday” series continues this week as we profile the members of our Class of 2019 in the weeks counting down to graduation. As we approach this milestone, we have been asking each of our wonderful 8th grade students to reflect on their time at ILS, as well as share some of their future plans, which we will be sharing these final weeks of the school year in this special series. We hope you enjoy getting to better know our wonderful students in the ILS Class of 2019 as they reminisce about their favorite memories and ILS traditions, and we thank them for taking the time to respond to our interview questions!

Class of 2019 Meet Us Monday: Abigail A.

With the start of the 4th Quarter of the 2018-2019 school year, we begin our countdown to graduation for our Class of 2019! To celebrate and recognize our soon-to-be graduates, we will once again be running a "Meet Us Monday" series introducing you to each of the members of our ILS Class of 2019.

In this series, our wonderful 8th grade students have been invited to reflect on their time at ILS and share both favorite memories as well as some of their future plans. Please enjoy getting to better know our delightful ILS Class of 2019!

On Learning, Growth & Grades

ILS students have reached the midway point of the 3rd Quarter of their academic year, which means that mid-quarter reports will be shared with parents this week. While grades are simply one type of teacher feedback for student to understand their progress and growth in any given subject, students may sometimes wrestle with how best to apply this feedback in their on-going learning process.

Mr. Shawn Barnett, ILS Upper School Latin and History teacher, shares a brief insight into this struggle in which students engage as they attempt to put the right value on grades in the learning process. He encourages parents to use graded work (or mid-quarter grades) as an opportunity to further encourage and engage students in an ongoing dialogue to deepen their understanding their own learning, mastery and growth. As students grow and mature, parents and teachers work together to help them appreciate a variety of feedback and apply it appropriately to their own growth and learning.

Two Articles from ILS Faculty Included in Classical Lutheran Education Journal

Last summer, six ILS faculty members were invited to present at the eighteenth annual Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education (CCLE) Summer Conference. Ms. Katherine Kramer, Assistant Headmaster, and Miss Kristin Malcolm, 5th grade teacher, were then invited to submit their presentations as articles for the CCLE’s Classical Lutheran Education Journal.

Please enjoy these two excellent articles from Ms. Kramer and Miss Malcolm, and to read the entire journal issue, view exclusive videos, and listen to conference recordings, join the Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education to receive Member access.

Literacy: "To him who has much, much will be given"

“Literacy is more than simply the ability to decode phonetic symbols. “

In this brief peek into 6th grade at Immanuel, Mr. Shawn Barnett, Upper School Latin and History Teacher, explores literacy in a broader context. Rather than simply the reading of words, deeper literacy involves the understanding of context, which in turn requires a broader basis of knowledge. In helping students to understand the connections between their learning - from language, to history and geography, we help our students to look beyond themselves, our own times and culture as they learn about the world around them. Studying multiple fields of knowledge in an integrated way allows students to develop a deeper literacy and greater wisdom.