GPLHS Monthly Update

November 2022

Prayer for Great Plains Lutheran High School

O Lord, in this month of Thanksgiving we offer you our sincere gratitude for all the blessings that come to your people through Great Plains Lutheran High School. Thank you for the faithfulness of faculty and staff, and for the dedication of students and families. Thank you for lessons learned, for the application of God’s Word to various subjects and situations, and for opportunities to engage in lives of service. Bless the use of new facilities as students are nurtured as lifelong disciples of Christ. May the ministry of GPLHS be another way your people are equipped and encouraged to be courageous in Christ as they live to your glory. Amen.

Fall Activities Update

The GPL student body was well represented in the many fall activities that are offered here at school. The marching band and color guard were 67 strong as they performed in 2 competitions this fall. The oral interp team staged 24 participants with much success. 31 young women made up the JV and Varsity volleyball teams plus...............READ MORE 

Upcoming Staffing Changes

At its September meeting the GPL Board of Directors decided to move forward with two staffing changes. The first is to extend a call to a full time Learning Resource Coordinator. This position is intended to help GPL better support students with unique learning challenges. It does not increase GPL’s staff size but rather fills the position vacated by .................................READ MORE

Fall Festival 2022 - It's time to Start Registering

This year's Fall Festival will be held Saturday, November 12 from 1:30 to 5:30pm in the GPLHS gymnasium. The theme for this year is Courageous in Christ - Near and Far. The silent auction will be done with online bidding while the live auction will be done in person. You can sign in and bid on items on your own smartphone or be assisted by our volunteer bid clerks at convenient stations around the auction. This means that EVERYONE can participate in Fall Festival, even if you are not able to join us in person. You can find out more information and register to be ready to bid by going to https://www.

GPLHS Honor Society Blood Drive

The Great Plains Honor Society will host its first Blood Drive of the year on Wednesday, November 9, from 8:00am to 2:00pm.  You can schedule a time to donate blood by calling the school at 605-886-0672 ext. 127 or by signing up online at; enter sponsor code GPLHS.

Thrivent Member Request

If you are a Thrivent member, you are eligible to apply for Thrivent Action grants. If you have never done this or haven’t applied recently, please consider applying on behalf of a GPL event. It is a relatively.......READ MORE 

Facility Expansion

By the time you read this, site work around our new facilities and extended storm water drainage around the west and south sides of the school and gym should be completed. This will also make possible completion of the bus parking area south of the gym. We hope to address some related landscaping this fall, but completion will likely have to wait until next spring/summer.

Turkey Dash

GPLHS is hosting the Annual Turkey DASH 5K/Walk in conjunction with the Watertown police department. This event will take place on Thanksgiving Day. The deadline to register and receive a t-shirt is November 10. Registration and more detailed information can be found at or register online at Please note you will not be able to register the day of the event.

United in Praise

We plan to celebrate with thanksgiving the completion of our United in Praise capital campaign and the completion of our new facilities in two ways. A Ribbon Cutting (4:30) and Open House (4:30-6:30) is being planned for Wednesday, November 2. Then on Saturday, November 5, the opening of our delegate and auxiliary meetings will include an opportunity to unite in praising God and thanking his people for the resources and gifts, skills and safe progress that have made our expansion possible. We invite you to join us on either or both of these days!

Mission Advancement Thoughts

We have much to rejoice in and much to be thankful for this fall season. We have 129 young people growing in their faith every day. We have young people using their talents through sports, music, academics, clubs and just day to day life. We have the chance to be thankful for the opportunities God has given us to help support the beautiful ministry of GPLHS.

We also are blessed to have some challenges. Presently we are about $88,000 behind budgeted gifts. This might seem like a huge challenge to meet, but with many...................READ MORE 

Wish List Item

The hymnal cart has been purchased. Thank you!! Our next project is to purchase a music stand cart to assist in moving the music stands from the music room to the stage for concerts or down to the gym for various activities. $650 will purchase this cart. Designate your gift to "Wish List – Music Stand Cart" or call Angie at 605-886-0672.

Scrip Notice...Thanksgiving Week

We will not be processing Scrip orders the week of November 21.  Please plan ahead and order your Scrip needs the prior week.  Orders will resume on Monday, November 28.

Dates to Note

  • November 2     Ribbon Cutting and Open House 4:30 - 6::30
  • November 4-6 WELS Regional choral Festival at BLC in Mankato, MN
  • November 5  -  Delegate and Auxiliary Meetings
  • November 9  -  GPL Honor Society Blood Drive - 8:00am - 2:00pm
  • November 12 - Fall Festival - 1:30 - 5:30pm
  • November 23-25 Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL
  • November 24   Turkey DASH 5K/Walk
  • December 4      Christmas Concert and Fall Awards Ceremony
Great Plains Lutheran High School provides a Christ-centered education to assist families in nurturing students as lifelong disciples of Christ.
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