Weekly Update #17
January 14, 2022
Devotional Thought by Mr. Bauer - James 1:17
Every good act of giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the father of the lights, who does not change or shift like a shadow. (James 1:17)

There’s a lot to be said about having an “attitude of gratitude.” A recurring message in things I read is that from a psychological perspective, frequently focusing on the blessings for which one can be thankful helps one have a positive attitude, mindset and outlook on life. The Bible also shares a strong message on the importance of being thankful in all circumstances, recognizing that we are children of our Heavenly Father who promises to bless us and take care of us for our eternal benefit. And one of these blessings for which we can be thankful is in the above verse - God doesn’t change or shift like a shadow. God’s love for us, the perfect love that drives God to bless us, never fails. Give thanks for that!
Mr. Bauer Named Principal of the Year
Schools in South Dakota are divided into seven regions, each of which votes for a Principal of the Year each fall. We are pleased to share that Mr. Bauer received the Region 1 Principal of the Year award. “The Principal of the Year program recognizes outstanding middle level and high school principals who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students as well as demonstrating exemplary contributions to the profession.” To God be the glory!
Camps & Teens In Ministry
Summer service and fellowship opportunities are being planned right now. If you are wondering what’s in the hopper, here’s a preview. Many of our teens will get the opportunity to serve in the Truth In Love Ministry in Salt Lake City, UT, June 11-18. Others will get to.....................READ MORE
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Marriage Moments
Each Monday a new “Marriage Moments” video is published. These short, two to three-minute videos share Biblical insights into God-pleasing marriages. While not every family has two married parents (this is not a judgment on those that don’t), married parents have the opportunity to model healthy, God-pleasing marriage for their children. You can get a taste of past “Marriage Moments” videos and subscribe HERE.
 Student Council Update By Secretary Norah Kratz
Winter Formal - Games, Dress Up Days, Jan. 24-28, and Dance Jan. 29 from 7-10pm
It's Winter Formal time! We'll be kicking off our frozen festivities with our Winter Spirit Week, which will be January twenty-fourth though twenty-eighth. The dance itself will be on the twenty-ninth, and remember it's formal, so dress up! We will be having a Game Day on Wednesday of that week, with the games taking place during an altered-schedule school.................READ MORE
Winter Formal Desserts and Chaperones
We are looking forward to our annual Winter Formal Dance coming up on Saturday, January 29 from 7:00-10:00pm. Tickets will be $5.00 per individual. If you would like to chaperone at the dance, please let Mr. Bauer know at mbauer@gplhs.org. Additionally, we are asking parents to consider contributing a dessert to this event. If you can contribute a dessert (either homemade or store-bought), please let Mr. Bauer know. Thank you for considering supporting our students in these ways.
Concession Volunteers
With the start of basketball season comes the opportunity to support our students and student programs by volunteering to help staff our concession stand. The next event is the basketball games vs Clark/Willow Lake on January 17. Numerous other dates and events are also listed. You can sign up using SignUpGenius at the link below. Thank you for supporting our students and programs!
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Grace Decker..................Senior of the Week
Nickname: None
Where are you from: Watertown, SD
Plans after High School: Major in Biology
Sport/Activities: Dance, Golf, Student Council, Honor Society, Yearbook and Orchestra
Favorite Bible Passage: Luke 11:9-10
Advice to Underclassmen: Read your Bible, surround yourself with good friends, and always strive to be your best self.
Favorite Musician: Adele
Favorite Movie: Princess Diaries
Favorite School Lunch: French Toast
Favorite Color: Lavender
Dream Vacation: Mexico
Favorite High School Memory: 9th hour senior Study Hall
Favorite School Subject: Biology
Favorite Animal: Dolphins
Dates to Note
Jan. 17........Girls Basketball vs. Clark/Willow Lake
Jan. 18........Girls & Boys Basketball vs. Waverly/ South Shore
Jan. 21........Girls Basketball vs. Webster
Jan. 22........Girls &Boys Basketball at Iroquois
Jan. 25........Region One-Act Play Competition

Please click on the "Two Week View" below for a complete activities schedule.
Panther Scoreboard
Girls Basketball
GPL JV 32 vs. Waubay/Summit 27 Panther win
GPL V 45 vs. Waubay/Summit 41 Panther win
GPL JV 24 vs. Wilmot 38 Panther loss
GPL V 40 vs. Wilmot 36 Panther win
GPL JV 39 vs. Estelline18 Panther win
GPL V 41 vs. Estelline 32 Panther win
GPL JV 22 vs. Castlewood 21 Panther win
GPL V 35 vs. Castlewood 55 Panther loss
Boys Basketball
GPL JV 18 vs. Waubay/Summit 25 Panther loss
GPL V 36 vs. Waubay/Summit 50 Panther loss
GPL JV 29 vs. Estelline 46 Panther loss
GPL V 48 vs. Estelline 53 Panther loss
GPL JV 21 vs. Castlewood 49 Panther loss
GPL V 36 vs. Castlewood 62 Panther loss
Quote of the Week: "You don't rise to the occasion, you sink to the level of your training." -Joshua Medcalf (Win in the Dark)
Our Mission
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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