GPLHS Monthly Update

May 2023

Prayer for Great Plains Lutheran High School

Heavenly Father, as another school year at Great Plains Lutheran High School draws to a close, bless the final weeks of instruction and learning. Be with all of the students as they transition to summer activities. Especially, we pray, let your hand of blessing be upon the 2023 graduates as they prepare for further training and embark upon lives of service. Thank you for all those who have faithfully served throughout the year, teaching, supporting, and encouraging our youth to be courageous in Christ. Bless their efforts to your glory. Amen.


As noted last fall, in conjunction with the retirement of Gene Jaeger and the birth of twins to Mike and Suzi Haugly, Matt Bauer will be assuming the Athletic Director and primary Math Instructor duties next school year. We therefore began calling for Principal in October. The most recent call has been extended to Dr. Benjamin Washburn. Ben is a 1997 MLC graduate, in his 10th year of.......READ MORE

New Student Enrollment

As of mid-April, we have received 28 freshman applications for the 2023-2024 school year. As parents of eighth graders think about where their children will attend high school, thank you for anything and everything you do to tell the GPL story and to encourage families and students to find out more about the blessings of attending GPL. Application and enrollment information is available on our website.

GPL Senior to Play in SD All-Star Football Game

GPL's own RJ Perry has been selected to participate in the South Dakota Football Coaches Association All-Star Game on June 10, 2023. The game will be played at KO Stadium on the campus of Augustana University in Sioux Falls. We are excited to see RJ cap off his excellent high school football career with this honor. RJ plans to continue his football career while preparing for the teaching ministry at Martin Luther College this coming fall.

Delegate/Auxiliary Meetings

The spring Delegate and Auxiliary meetings will be held at GPL on Saturday, May 6. Both groups will begin their meetings in the Chapel/Auditorium with devotion at 10:00am. Delegates are selected by association congregations. Anyone interested in supporting the ministry of GPLHS is invited to attend the Auxiliary meeting.

Scrip’s New Processing Procedure

In order to save on shipping costs, and to enable our Scrip volunteers to come in once a week rather than twice a week, we are implementing a new order processing procedure. In April we began processing orders on Tuesdays, with orders sent to you the following week. Please note this timing when placing your order. And thank you for using Scrip! Also, we are still in need of some volunteers for processing Scrip. If you are interested, please contact Sarah Roloff at 605-886-0672.

Panther Field Day

Each spring the GPLHS family welcomes area grade school students to campus for Panther Field Day. This year Panther Field Day is scheduled for Friday, May 5. Area Lutheran elementary schools often participate, but the day of fresh air, fun, fellowship, and friendly competition isn’t just for students at these schools. All grade school students (and parents) are....READ MORE

Panther Field Day Lunch Option

The junior class of Great Plains Lutheran High School would like to provide a lunch option for those of you attending Panther Field Day. This meal is a fundraiser for the class of 2024.

  • Meal: Your choice of a hamburger or hot dog plate: including chips, dessert, drink 
  • $6 for .....................READ MORE

Panther Camp

Panther Camp is a one-week camp held on the GPL campus for young people who will be in grades 7-9 during the 2023-2024 school year. Panther Camp 2023 will run Sunday evening, June 4, through midday Friday, June 9. The cost for each camper is $150. An online registration form is available at Panther Camp will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Camp Luther

Camp Luther will again be held at Sibley State Park, north of Wilmar, MN. However, the camp will have a somewhat different look this year since it will be a joint effort with the WELS camp group from southern Minnesota. The dates for camp are June 18-23. Students entering grades 4-9 are able to................................READ MORE

GPL Booster Club Meeting 

The Booster Club will hold a meeting on Wednesday, May 10 at 7:00pm. All are welcome to attend and give their input to this organization and the ways in which it supports GPLHS programs and activities. We look forward to seeing you there.

Kaleidoscope and Graduation

The year-end Kaleidoscope concert is scheduled for 7:00pm on Friday, May 19 in the auditorium. The following day graduation will be held Saturday, May 20 at 10:00am in the gym.

Facility Update

We are blessed to be using all of our new areas, with a few things still to be completed. The sound system in the south gym has been installed and is functioning, though we are waiting on a few components. This spring the site work for the west drainage will be completed and asphalt will be laid along the new bus parking area and sidewalks. Professional Landscaping is scheduled to complete initial landscaping, as soon as possible this spring.

The Display Case Is Here!

Thank you to Derek and Christa Kannas with Kannas Custom Cabinets for donating the Fine Arts display case and installing it. We also want to thank the grandparents who donated the glass for the shelves and windows. This was a grandparents’ project from Grandparents Day. We have the awards from the Performing Arts Events and from the Academic Events displaying in the case. Stop by to..........READ MORE

Great Plains Lutheran Golf Open

With warmer temperatures outside, our thoughts are turning towards summer, and that means it is time to prepare for the annual GPL Golf Open, scheduled for Monday, July 17. Registration and payments can be made online. Go to and click on GPL Open near the top of the page. There you will find all the information you need to......READ MORE

Mission Advancement Thoughts

I recently had the privilege of traveling with our Honor Choir on a weekend mini-tour. We made stops in Pierre at the State Capital, and at our churches in Rapid City, Spearfish and Mobridge. The venues and our hosts were wonderful! But what was even more amazing and encouraging was seeing and hearing these 22 young Christians singing their hearts out. I wish you all could have been there! It was simply a wonderful, heartwarming weekend of praise to our risen and living Savior.

This is the kind of thing your..............READ MORE

Dates to Note

  • May 5 - Panther Field Day
  • May 6 - Delegate/Auxiliary Meeting 10am
  • May 10 - GPLHS Booster Club Meeting 7:00pm
  • May 15-19 - Semester Exams
  • May 17 - Campus Cleanup Day
  • May 19 - Spring Awards Ceremony 4:00pm
  • May 19 - Kaleidoscope Concert 7:00pm
  • May 20 - Graduation 10:00am
  • June 4-9 - Panther Camp
  • June 18-23 - Camp Luther
  • July 17 - GPL Golf Open 
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