Witnessing Honor

Calvary kids and General Danner

Recently, John Sullivan, a local World War II veteran, received France’s highest award,  the award of the Knight of the Legion of Honor medal as presented by Governor Jay Nixon.  Applications for the honor are reviewed by France and veterans must meet strict criteria.  Sullivan was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served as a bombardier aboard a B-24 Liberator heavy bomber.  On July 6, 1944, Sullivan’s crew flew the first of 35 bombing missions in the hostile skies over northern France.

Among the family, friends and local dignitaries present at this private ceremony, were four of our Calvary students.  Seniors Trevor Dusheke and Steven Gunn, along with juniors Even Brenner and William Doggett, had the pleasure of meeting Major General Steve Danner–the Adjutant General of the Missouri National Guard.  Gen. Danner presented each of the students with a “challenge coin.”  Additionally, the students had the privilege of having their photograph taken with both Mr. Sullivan and Governor Jay Nixon.

“It was truly an impressive event and one that I believe has positively impacted these students.  Every one of them that I spoke with has expressed an interest in a potential military career with one noting a desire to become a Lutheran military chaplain.” Jeremy Amick remarked. Jeremy took the photograph of the event.

Cross Country New at Calvary

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“God made me fast! And when I run, I feel His pleasure.”  This declaration is attributed to Eric Liddell in the award-winning movie, “Chariots of Fire”. Now students at Calvary Lutheran High School may learn to say the same, as Cross Country joins the expanding roster of sports this Fall.

“I had been hoping for Cross Country to happen here at Calvary—and this year, it has,” says junior John Meyer. “Running is my passion.” John described the beautiful golf courses and parks where the team of five boys and one girl practice every day after school.

Cross Country involves 3.1-mile races run over varied terrain. While it tends to be more of an individual effort, team scores are kept.  It is similar to golf in that the lowest score wins.

Kerri Morris is the coach with enthusiasm to spare.  “I love running, and I hope to encourage students in a pursuit of lifelong fitness. I am truly grateful for this opportunity to work with such a great group of kids and parents at Calvary. It is exciting and fun to help start a program from the beginning.”

A marathon runner herself, Kerri has much coaching experience with high school students.  She continues to coach girls track here at Calvary, and currently coaches Cross Country at Trinity Lutheran School, as well.

Coach Kerri Morris says this “hardworking group of kids with terrific attitudes” focuses on hill training for endurance and conditioning exercises (sit-ups and push-ups!)  to develop a strong trunk.  They learn to “run smart” by adjusting their stride along their way. And that is how they run the race!

Barn-Warming Dance

Barn Dance

Students celebrated the first full week of school last Friday evening with a barn-warming dance.  Invited to dress in Western attire, students arrived by 7:00—some in full-on cowboy/cowgirl fashion, complete with hats, boots, and bandanas.  Others took a more subtle approach with just jeans or a plaid shirt.  The only requirement was adherence to our school’s Christ-honoring policy of modest dressing.

Excitement was building by late Friday afternoon as parents joined students and faculty in transforming Calvary Lutheran High School inside and out into a temporary “barn”, complete with corn stalks, hay bales, and fencing created from cardboard and paint! Holly Oberkrom was spotted hanging the last string of twinkle lights from the ceiling.

Arriving from a long, job-related drive from Cincinatti, school board member Kerwin Kollmeier stopped in the school office to say “hi” before setting up his equipment that would provide the music for festivities.  Mr. Kollmeier often volunteers as the school’s DJ.  Things got lively with country music and dancing that lasted until 10:00.  At least sixty of the ninety-seven member student body participated in the evening.

This first party of the year is characteristic of what Calvary Lutheran High School students and their families can expect—events that students themselves dream, plan, and carry out, with as much parent and faculty involvement as they need.  Calvary offers many opportunities for fun and fellowship in a safe, faith-filled atmosphere.


Calvary Starts Strong

Welcome to the first full week of Calvary Lutheran High School’s 2013-2014 year!  Calvary began nine years ago with a handful of student – “pioneers”, ready for a Christ-centered adventure in education and service. Now into its third year in our new facility, ninety-seven students fill the building.  Construction of the phase two edition is on target, with the roof taking shape just today!

This morning began with devotions. In fact, every week at CLHS is wrapped in prayer.  “There is a beginning, a middle, and an end to our worship each week,” Principal Erich Ahlers told students and faculty gathered at Friday’s short benediction at the end of the school day.  The “middle” is Wednesday’s 10:30 chapel when the multi-purpose common area is transformed into a shining sacred space, complete with a simple altar illuminated by a sky-light overhead.

Calvary Wish List

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We feel truly blessed at Calvary. The Lord has granted us the opportunity to partner with parents in providing a quality education in a Christian environment. As construction moves forward on the expansion to our current facility and our enrollment increases, we are excited and amazed. The level of support we feel from so many people, whether it be prayers or financial gifts, gives us the energy to keep pressing on to the completion of this large project. The addition of two new classrooms, an auditorium and a gymnasium requires some equipment to make these spaces functional for students. In response to inquiries for a Wish List of items needed in the near future, we are posting our Wish List to make it as convenient as possible. Please contact the school office if you are interested in making a donation to Calvary from this list.

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Calvary Hosts Summer Reading Skills Program

Calvary will be hosting the Summer Reading Skills Program which are offered through Saint Louis University. Classes are taught by professional instructors from the Institute of Reading Development. There are eight programs for ages starting at four years of age to adults. Please click here for the dates of each program and their contact information.

Golf Outing

Golf 2013

Plans for this year’s annual golf tournament  are well underway.  This year’s four-person scramble will be held FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2013, at Tanglewood Golf Course in Fulton.  A barbecue lunch will be served prior to the tee off at 1:00 p.m.  Participants and their families are invited to join us for a meal immediately  following the tournament’s  conclusion.

Proceeds from this tournament  are used exclusively to assist Calvary families with financial needs. Calvary’s golf tournament  has been a great blessing generating over $112,000 in the last eight years.   Last year’s  tournament  raised $13,000 to  help assist families . The deadline to participate in this tournament is June 1, 2013.  Please click here for the registration form.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Flowers Brighten Mother’s Day Weekend

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Our recent plant sale on Mother’s Day weekend was a wonderful event. The riot of color was a welcome sight after our cool, dreary Spring. Many shoppers took advantage of the beautiful weather to purchase gifts for Mom or to add color to their own yards. We thank all the volunteers that made the plant sale so successful. A huge thank you to Rose Hill Nursery and Trinklein Brothers Greenhouses for the amazing selection of high quality plants. Plant Sale 2013

Phase 2 Construction Begins

Early Morning Steel

On Thursday, May 9th, faculty and students were greeted by four flatbed trailers full of steel. This is the first delivery of steel that will be used in the construction of our new classrooms, auditorium and gymnasium. As the rain came down, the crew worked methodically through the day to unload and place the steel in its appropriate place in the construction zone. Faculty, students and visitors watched the process with fascination. What a happy day! After so many months of prayers, meetings and anticipation, the expansion to our current building is really happening.

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All thanks and praise to our Lord!!

Plant Sale on Mother’s Day Weekend

Plant Sale 2013

Our annual plant sale is scheduled for Friday, May 10th from 4:00-8:00 pm and Saturday, May 11th from 7:00-11:00 am. We have elegant hanging baskets, beautiful porch containers and a wide variety of plants available for gifts or your own yard. Choose from the following:

Annuals: Angelonia, Ageratum, Begonia, Marigold, Moss Rose, Shockwave Petunias, Wave Petunia, Straw Flower, Vinca…
Perennials: Agastache, Cannas, Catmint, Coral Bells, Creeping Phlox, Daylilies, Echinacea, Gaura, Hibiscus, Hollyhocks, May Night, Meadow Sage, Peonies, Phlox, Polemoniums, Scabiosa, Siberian Iris, Veronica…
Sun: Angelonia, Gazanias, Geraniums, Gerber Daisy, Salvia, Snapdragons, Sun Coleus…
Part Shade/Shade: Bleeding Heart, Heliotrope, Heuchera, Hostas, Jacob’s Ladder, Lamium, Torenia…
Butterfly/Hummingbird: Coreopsis, Dianthus, Lantana, Penstemon, Pentas…
Herbs: Basil, Mint, Oregano, Pineapple Sage, Rosemary, Tarragon, Thyme…
Missouri Natives: Blue Star, Coneflowers, False Indigo, Grasses, Yarrow…
Vegetables: Cucumber, Melon, Okra, Peppers, Summer Squash, Tomatoes, Zucchini
Vines: Clematis & Mandevilla

We look forward to seeing you there!

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It’s Spring Fling Time!

Calvary Spring Fling

Tickets are now available for the 2013 Calvary Lutheran High School Spring Fling on Saturday, April 27th. The evening begins at 4:00 pm with fellowship and bidding on Silent Auction items. Dinner is served at 5:30 and the Live Auction gets under way at 6:30. Close out the evening with a dance from 8:00-11:00 pm. This is Calvary’s largest fundraiser supporting the General Operations budget. It will be held at St. Martin’s Knights of Columbus Hall again this year. Ticket price are $50 per person and are available at the school.

Calvary Spring Fling Flyer – Color

Impacting Tomorrow…Today Groundbreaking


On March 17th, dreary weather could not dampen the spirits of all who attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the second phase of construction. Three years and three days prior to this groundbreaking, Calvary broke ground for their current facility in the same weather. This portion of the school building includes additional classrooms, auditorium, gymnasium, storage and a kitchen. Construction will begin before the end of May.

Capital Campaign, Phase 2, Impacting Tomorrow…Today

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Thank you to all who participated in the feasibility study for the second phase of our Capital Campaign last fall. Your input is very valuable to us. As a result, we are excited to move forward with phase two in Impacting Tomorrow…Today. The architects recently sent the latest rendering of what our expanded facility will look like. With a large jump in enrollment for next year, Calvary students will be very grateful for the additional classrooms, gymnasium and auditorium. Construction will begin before the end of May and completion is projected by the end of 2013. We ask for your continued prayers as we work toward the fulfillment of this project according to the Lord’s will.

Auditorium and Commons

Auditorium and Commons



Coat & Mitten Drive

The coat and mittens drive is under way. We are looking for any kind of winter clothes. All sizes and materials will be accepted. Place your coats and other items in the wrapped box just inside the school entrance. All items will be going to the Salvation Army Shelter before New Year’s Day. The last day to drop off items is December 20th, the last day of finals.

AG Science State Ruling

The MO Board of Education has written the language for the Ag Science rule for non-public schools. From now through January 2nd there is a comment period allowing anyone to share their thoughts about the rule. I would ask that you consider submitting a comment in support of this rule, which benefits students at Calvary. Following is the website and instructions for commenting about this rule. ~ John Engelbrecht