PANTHER ART SHOW
The Panther Art Show is an annual event that features three or more pieces of art created by each student, PreK through 8th grade. Lighted gallery walls are installed for the weekend, and art is mounted on a black backing and displayed on the walls. All families and friends are invited to this free evening of culture. Seventh-grade servers dress in black and white and serve hors d’oeuvres throughout the evening.
All students partake in our Entertainment Nights. In April, we have students in grades 5-8 perform on stage in the gym. In the past we have done plays, but any form of entertainment that the teachers can create is possible. In May, we have the students in Preschool-grade 4 provide another round of entertainment. Having two separate nights allows us to fit everyone in our gym, and it gives children a chance to perform material that is appropriate for their grade levels.
ART ADVENTURE 6-week program
Art Adventure is a 6-week art appreciation program through the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Students learn to look at art and discover styles and methods of art as well as how to relate the piece to their lives. Our school chooses a different theme each year, and the students learn about the six pieces of art in that set. Parent volunteers go to a training class, and then each one teaches the students in each classroom about one of the pieces of art for a half hour on a Monday morning. In December, students from the even-numbered grades go to the museum to see the pieces in person, while the rest of the students make an art project at school.
FINE ARTS FESTIVAL April 16, St Croix Lutheran HS
The Twin Cities Fine Arts Festival is a solo and ensemble contest for all area Lutheran Elementary and Middle School students in grades 5-8. The event is held at St. Croix Lutheran High School on a Saturday in April beginning at 8am, and ending after the 4pm concert.
Good Shepherd students have the opportunity to enter individual music and art events for judging. Our band and choir also perform individually and within a mass band and choir concert at the end of the day.
Lego Club is a place where children in Kindergarten-3rd grade can gather in an atmosphere that promotes imagination, creativity, and friendship. Children meet once a week during the month of April. Kindergartners and first-graders meet on Tuesdays and have an open curriculum. Second- and third-graders meet on Wednesdays and have a weekly theme. Classes are for 45 minutes, 5:45-6:30pm.
Students in grades 5-8 are encouraged to participate in this public speaking program. Students may choose from five different categories: storytelling, humorous reading, serious prose, serious poetry, or a persuasive or explanatory speech. The Good Shepherd Forensics Team competes in two public speaking competitions in the fall. The first competition is an individual one at St. Croix Lutheran High School at the end of October, and the second one is a team competition that takes place at West Lutheran High School in mid-November. The students start practicing one or two afternoons a week, after school, at the beginning of October. Focus point is becoming more comfortable with their chosen piece. One week prior to the competitions, the students perform for various classrooms in our school to practice in front of a group. It is a great opportunity for students to gain experience with public speaking.