Weekly Update #16
January 7, 2022
Devotional Thought by Jeff Roloff - 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)
We just celebrated Christmas when many of us got gifts. Some of the gifts we received were special not because of what they were but because of who they came from and why they were given. Those gifts that come from someone who loves us, always has loved us, and always will love us are often the most special and cherished gifts we receive. God our Heavenly Father gives us many gifts out of love but the greatest gift he gave us was his Son our Savior. God’s love has always been there, is here right now, and will always be there. We are privileged and blessed to get to display that love in our lives, our worship and our giving. We get to, not have to, give to others, be good stewards of the gifts he has given us, and to use our gifts to spread his love. God loves us and that will not change, now we get to use the many blessings he has given us to His glory.
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Mr. Bauer’s Call Decision
Prior to Christmas break Mr. Bauer received a divine call to serve as the Athletic Director at Wisconsin Lutheran High School in Milwaukee, WI. After prayerful consideration of many circumstances related to continuing to serve at GPL or beginning to serve there, Mr. Bauer has decided to return this call and remain at GPL. Mr. Bauer considers it a blessing for his family and him to continue living their Panther pride with the GPL family.
10:00am Start on January 12
Please be reminded that we will have a 10:00am start on Wednesday, January 12. This will give us the opportunity to have a longer faculty meeting that includes our second quarter grade check. First block NTHS students are expected to go to NTHS as usual. If they have choir at GPL, they need.........READ MORE
First Semester Grade Reports
After we get everything buttoned up from the first semester, we will send out first semester grade reports and publish the Honor Roll. Please be reminded that you can continue to monitor your child’s academic progress in PowerSchool.
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.
Receive Text Message Updates and Alerts
One tool we use to update families on adjustments to the activity schedule or weather delays/cancellations is Remind. To receive Remind text message updates, simply text @2kkf8f to 81010. There is also a Remind app you can install on your phone if you wish to do so.
Everyone is encouraged to sign up!
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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
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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 double header basketball games vs Waubay/Summit on January 7. 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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Elijah Grams..................Senior of the Week
Nickname: Eli
Where are you from: Watertown, SD
Plans after High School: LATC and possibly Southeast Tech in Sioux Falls
Sport/Activities: Football and Band
Favorite Bible Passage: 1 Timothy 4:12
Advice to Underclassmen: There are positives in every situation whether you realize it or not. The Lord works everything out for your good.
Favorite Musician: Nick Mira
Favorite Movie: Saving Private Ryan
Favorite School Lunch: Chef Salad
Favorite Color: Navy Blue
Dream Vacation: Legoland
Favorite High School Memory: Halloween movie night freshman year
Favorite School Subject: Psychology
Favorite Animal: Killer Fish from San Diego
Dates to Note
Jan. 7..........End of First Semester
Jan. 7..........Boys and Girls basketball vs. Waubay/Summit (Home) at 4:00pm
Jan. 12........10:00am start
Jan. 25........Region One-Act Play Competition

Please click on the "Two Week View" below for a complete activities schedule.
Panther Scoreboard
Girls Basketball
The first game back from break will be tonight, January 7, at home starting at 4pm against Waubay/Summit
Boys Basketball
The first game back from break will be tonight, January 7, at home starting at 4pm against Waubay/Summit
Quote of the Week: "True Mental Toughness (TMT) - Have a great attitude. Give your very, very best. Treat people really, really well. Operate with unconditional gratitude. Even when you tink your circumstances are tough.." -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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