For Students

Baton Rouge Lutheran School is here to provide each student an opportunity to develop strong moral values, make wise choices, and learn from both successes and mistakes. We set high expectations for ourselves, as educators, in order to provide a quality education in a safe, caring environment. At Baton Rouge Lutheran School, you’ll find teachers and other adults who want to help you learn all you can, do your very best, and enjoy discovering and understanding new things.

Keeping up with the news…

Students need to know what is going on at Baton Rouge Lutheran School as much as their parents. Plus Portals (a secure, web-based online service) can provide weekly information from your teachers and, if you are enrolled in grades 3-8, access to your grades and assignments. (Grades are updated every week.) Plus Portals also holds calendar dates important to you, weekly class newsletters written by your teachers, and information from coaches and club sponsors.

Each enrolled student is assigned an Activation Code. It is not required that you activate your student account, but our teachers do want students in grades 5-8 to activate their accounts and check them frequently. Discuss and decide, with your parents, if you will or will not activate your Plus Portals account.

Students in grades 5-8 are also assigned Google e-mail accounts, through the school, that are permanent accounts.  Teachers may allow students to submit some assignments via e-mail or upload to your Plus Portal account portfolio.

Learn About Plus Portals - four brief videos
User Handout created to help parents (and students) activate and use their Plus Portal accounts at our school.

 

About the classroom…

Each teacher will inform students of their classroom's basic rules. If you ever have any questions about what is expected, the best way to find an answer is to ask a teacher. If it is more convenient, consult the 2015-2016 Family Handbook to find answers to basic questions about dress code rules, grades needed for athletics eligibility, extracurricular opportunities open to someone your age, etc.

Every teacher at this school wants to help you to have a happy life and be successful in school. Don’t hesitate to talk with any teacher or staff member if you feel ill, confused, or simply need answers to questions about anything.

 

About the school…

At any time, for any reason, a student can request to speak with Mr. Gordon Schamber, the school principal. You might not be able to speak with him immediately if he is involved with another student or activity, but he will find you and talk with you as soon as he can. He wants to listen and help you find solutions.

At Baton Rouge Lutheran we believe in our students – and in the ability of each to make good choices. Different grade levels and individual students have responsibilities that benefit others every day. Students take turns being responsible for raising and lowering the flags, helping our youngest students at afternoon dismissal, being chapel partners with younger students, collecting daily attendance records, leading fellow students to and from lunch and through fire and emergency drills, feeding and caring for class pets, and more.

Chapel services are held for all students in the church sanctuary every week. Sometimes the services are conducted by the school principal, Trinity Lutheran Church pastor or associate pastor, other church workers, or your fellow students. (Classes take turns preparing chapel services that incorporate drama, music and/or the use of technology.)  Prayer requests are always taken before the chapel service begins. Don’t forget to add your friends, family, or yourself to the prayer list. Prayer does make all things better!

Bringing an offering to chapel is a choice for you to make. Offerings are given to designated projects. Last year’s chapel offerings supported Southeast Ministries (food bank), Operation Christmas Child (filled shoeboxes), Trinity Lutheran Child Development Center (children, 6 weeks to 3 years old), American Heart Association, the choir of Concordia University (New York), a cure or treatment of Multiple System Atrophy,  and Young Life (a former BRLS student serves overseas as a youth counselor for that nonprofit), and offerings were also directed to help with various local charities.

 

About the church…

Trinity Lutheran Church may not be where you attend worship, but any student is always welcome to attend any church service, Sunday School (Bible Study), event, or join youth group activities, including youth group trips, Vacation Bible School, or summer/holiday camps. (Many of those participating will become your BRLS classmates!)

Trinity Lutheran Church gathers as a community on Sundays and Mondays to hear God’s message of grace for us and how it applies to our everyday lives. All are welcome.

And, even if you have a pastor to talk with, the pastors and church workers of Trinity Lutheran are always ready to listen. Their offices are located here (on our school campus near the principal’s office) and you will see and meet them as they visit classes during the school year. You or your parents are always welcome to contact:

Pastor Dave Buss - “Pastor Dave” had three children attend Baton Rouge Lutheran School. He has served as both a Vicar and Associate Pastor here. We just keep calling him back again and again to continue his service!

Associate Pastor Greg Moyer - "Pastor Greg" is relatively new to Trinity Lutheran Church and the father of a daughter too young to attend BRLS.  (He is also an expectant father!)  You will sometimes hear him speak at chapel or teach junior high religion.  He will always lead the contemporary worship  service held in the gym on Sunday mornings  and (sometimes) the casual praise service in the Trinity Lutheran sanctuary on Monday evenings.

About your fellow students…

There are times that every student is a little nervous and uncertain. Realize that you and your peers may show it in different ways. If you remember the “Golden Rule” – Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. – you should get along with everyone. But, if you have any sort of problem with classmates, talk with a teacher or your parents. Let them help you find ways to be a friend to everyone. 

The older students at Baton Rouge Lutheran often have a unique opportunity to mentor younger students with reading, writing, or activities that are beyond their physical skills. (The teachers have planned activities that allow older students to share experiences as they help younger students.)  The younger students look forward to learning and being with you and you will become a special "big friend" to them. Your teacher will guide you in what to do and will encourage you to be a good listener and friend to those who are younger.

What does it mean to be a BRLS Dolphin?
  • It means being part of a school and church family that cares about you as an individual child of God.
  • It means being part of a community of adults and students that respects and encourages each other.
  • It means embracing opportunities to use talents in athletics, music, art, technology, and many other areas.
  • It means developing leadership skills to direct and participate in activities.
  • It means serving others willingly.
  • It means supporting your friends when they play sports, perform, or try something new.
  • It means forming friendships that last a lifetime while growing in faith that lasts for eternity.
  • It means wearing your Spirit Shirt with pride.
  • It means building a firm foundation that will support you as you step out into the world.
  • It means giving thanks to God for the gifts He has given you.
  • It means giving glory to God in all things.