Did You Know?
Through the A Time To Build capital campaign, we have added 46,897 square feet of space to Luther College High School, including the Semple gymnasium - the largest high school gym in Regina.
Did you know there is a 3rd floor to the boy's dorm? It was traditionally assigned to upper level students who were more mature & responsible. Students who lived up there in the 1940’s confessed, in hushed tones, to having a radio when those devices were against school policy.
Luther students, even though from diverse social and cultural backgrounds, have the opportunity to be part of tightly woven community of students, parents, alumni, teachers and staff. Typically 12% of the school’s student body originates from outside of Canada.
The Tuck Shop for snacks was at the bottom of the south stairs going to what is now the cafeteria. The legendary beans in a cone were considered a healthier & cheaper alternative to what students purchased across the street at the Aintree.
Luther graduates have gone on to universities such as Harvard, Oxford, Pennsylvania State, McGill, Queen’s and other renowned educational institutions throughout Canada, North America and the world.
Luther College High School is recognized as one of the four best university preparatory schools in western Canada with as many as 96% of Luther graduates pursuing post-secondary educations.
The first LIT was held on January 31, 1953. That year it was a one-day tournament involving sixteen teams from Southern Saskatchewan. All preliminary games were played cross court, two games at a time.
In the late 1920's, during an in-house baseball tournament, Rex Schneider entered a team called "Prof Schneider's Battling Lions." This is the first hint that someday Luther teams would be known as the Lions.
Enrollment & Graduation
For the sixth consecutive year, the College enjoyed a strong incoming grade 9 class enrollment (115) was strong. Total enrollment in 2017‐18 (as of June 30, 2018) was 457 students, an increase of 0.88% from 2016‐2017:
Grade 9 115 students
Grade 10 120 students
Grade 11 125 students
Grade 12 97 students
Total Enrolment 457 (453 in June 2017)
Dorm Students 92 (92 in June 2017)
Number of Graduates
In 2018, there were a total of 88 students who graduated from Luther College High School.
- Clint Uhrich and Nancy Ostime, whom both retired in June 2017, returned to Luther in part time capacities. Nancy also agreed to direct the Musical for one more year, filling a much needed void.
- Dr. Jeanne Shami served for portions of the academic year as vocational counsellor in Dr. Julia Mitchell’s stead, who was working on her BEd to be completed in Spring 2019.
- Almuna Sarah (Bangsund) Stone (HS’97) was hired in April 2018 to replace Clint Uhrich starting in August 2018. She taught for thirteen years in Yellow Grass and Milestone.
- Bonnie Gattinger retired in Spring 2018 after four years of service as the school nurse. Jan Ferguson, who has worked extensively in high schools as an RN and medical expert, was hired as Bonnie’s replacement.
- Sarah Punshon was hired in Spring 2018 as the new Academic Support Coordinator to replace Nancy Hordern, who retired after fifteen years of service to our students.
Student Data System
Administration had decided to replace the existing student data platform, OSA, at the High School with Maplewood until it was discovered this year that Ministry of Education was considering moving to a province‐wide unified system, USIS, which uses Aspen as its operating platform. With this system being piloted in nine divisions starting in September 2018, we have decided to use OSA for one more school year (i.e. 2018‐2019) while the Ministry works to implement Aspen; however, at the time of writing this report, the implementation has been delayed. Nonetheless, we hope to begin data conversion early in 2019 so that we can join USIS September, 2019.
After experimenting with no formal midterm week in 2016‐2017 as well as considering feedback from students, teachers, and parents, the College returned to a more traditional midterm exam week but with a marking/study day added at the halfway point of the week. The response was distinctly positive and therefore, this initiative will continue into the next academic year.
Luther participated for the first time in OURSchool Survey, a Ministry of Education approved data collection. We decided to join the pilot in Spring 2018 because the survey gives us helpful feedback to consider, we want to be accountable to the Ministry whenever possible, and most schools in the province already participate in the survey. Pertinent results were shared with the Board of Regent’s A&A Committee and have aided school administration with future planning.
A Wellness Plan for the High School campus was drafted and finalized in Spring 2018. While it addresses spiritual, emotional, psychological, mental, and physical wellness in broad theoretical terms, emphasis will be placed on improving physical wellness. Plans are underway to use the IB CAS model (creativity, action and service) to ensure that all students in the school engage in some sort of meaningful physical activity on a regular basis, even if we can only start with two or three times each semester starting in 2018‐ 2019. The most likely avenue for this initiative is through TAG (Teacher Advisory Groups) which are currently being used to deliver our Service program. This Wellness initiative will be communicated to students in Fall 2018 and, Transitions, Health, and Physical Education classes also are emphasizing mental wellness as there are ever increasing instances of students struggling with mental health.
The High School campus piloted a new plagiarism application called Turnitin. Not only was IB eventually going to mandate the use of such a tool, but the burgeoning availability of electronic resources and information made its implementation almost a necessity for our faculty.
Senior administration met throughout the year with architects from Stantec in order to assess both our current facilities realities and our most pressing needs (i.e. better ESL space, cafeteria upgrades, and an office presence at the West entrance). Stantec has completed several theoretical blueprints that give administration a chance to discuss how we might better utilize, reconfigure and/or add to our current facilities.
In Fall 2017, students and faculty organized a mosaic evening celebrating the diversity of our student body. Cultural groups offered ethnic food, drink and music. It was an enormous success and will become an annual event.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
A thorough program review was conducted by an expert from British Columbia, who was very impressed by the scope and efficacy of the program; however, one area that remains a concern is facilities. Senior administration discussed throughout the year various ways to ameliorate the situation, with the most likely being the addition of a portable classroom near the southwest corner of the 1950’s wing.
Since the introduction of the first security plan last year, two changes were made:we have a new resource officer and the Regina Police Service upgraded their emergency protocols. This meant that we had to conduct new learning sessions, first with employees in March 2018, and then with students shortly thereafter. Thanks to Vice Principal Shawn Stieb for overseeing this important work.
CAIS (Canadian Accredited Independent Schools)
Much of the 2017‐2018 year was dedicated to drafting our response to the CAIS Visiting Committee’s report. Thanks to President Hillis who worked hard while overseeing most of the response process.
The IB Program saw many developments in 2017‐2018. The March 9 PD day was devoted to IB pedagogy, many faculty participated in IB webinars and/or attended IB conferences, and IB Coordinator, Derek Frostad, finished the enormous task of completing the College’s five‐year review. Other enhancements to the IB program included newly drafted Inclusive Education and Language Policies, increased Diploma enrolments for this year and next, more visibility on our electronic lawn sign, letterhead, and website, and inclusion of the IB Learner Profile on all course outlines, scheduling tweaks, etc.
LIT and Musical
Once again, over half of the student body and numerous staff (with special thanks to Troy Casper, Melissa Morgan, and Nancy Ostime) gave so generously of their time and did a magnificent job of organizing and operating our two flagship events: LIT and Musical. This year marked an especially successful LIT for two reasons: 1) It featured, for the first time in tournament history, a full eight team female draw to complement the current eight team male draw. Thanks to Tournament Director, Troy Casper, for the well‐organized handling of significantly increased logistics; and, 2) In another first, this year’s special guest, Mr. Michael Linklater, is a nationally ranked First Nations basketball player and positive role model for Indigenous youth. This year’s performances of Cinderella drew many young children and were well‐received, both in and beyond our community.
Students and faculty continued to plan and execute a school‐wide service day in the spring. These service days are part of our commitment to involve students in the IB CAS program (Creativity, Activity, and Service).
High School Chaplaincy
Pastor David Peterson has completed his fourth year at the High School campus. Over the past year, he continues to be a member of the Senior Leadership Team where he also attends Board meetings, assist the GSA, Peer Support, and Anime Club and help with the Musical and other school events.
Pastor Peterson continues to teach Ethics 30 and will teach his first Ethics 20 class in the Spring. The February El Salvador trip was successful and a report was made to the Board by Pastor Peterson and Mr. Dueck. There were two chapels highlighting the trip as well as a student led “Woke Week” that focused on social justice.
Students continue to be encouraged to participate in chapel and take leadership in worship in a number of capacities such as reading scripture, giving the message or assisting through music. Chapel also say a variety of guests over the year including former Luther teacher and Reservist officer Major Randy Brooks who spoke at Remembrance Day Chapel and Rabbi Parnes who came to do a chapel on Hanukkah as well as musical guests Red Priest and the Landfillharmonic, all of who were thoroughly enjoyed by the students and staff.
The regular liturgical life of the community included events such as the Lutherland Retreat communion service; Devotionals at Pro‐D Days; Candlelight and Founder’s Day; as well as Homecoming and occasional services such as the Lt. Governor’s visit. Advent and Lent had special communion services and Ash Wednesday was celebrated in chapel with the assistance of Pastor Fry.
The high holy days of Christmas and Easter were observed and celebrated again this year, including Advent focused services (with the support of the music department band and choirs) as well as Christmas chapel. We observed Lent and began Holy Week with a Palm Chapel Service, where every person in the school was welcome to take a palm cross. This year, as our emphasis was on Service, we incorporated the theme of Christ the Servant who on Maundy Thursday washed the feet of his disciples. To commemorate that, our Maundy Thursday chapel symbolized this act of service by washing the hands of a member of the community. Mike Stobbs, Head of Food Services, was honoured and had his hands ceremonially washed by the chaplain.
Pastor Peterson was assisted by a Chapel Committee, including Mr. Stieb, Ms. Quick, Ms. Braul, Mr. Persson, and Ms. Pultz, which helped vet ideas for chapel and assisted in planning for the 2018‐2019 year, and have been very supportive.
Alumni Relations, Development & Communications
The Alumni Relations, Development, and Communications Office at the High School campus supports and promotes the mission and vision of Luther College through engaging and creating meaningful relationships with constituents – alumni, parents, grandparents, board members, staff, faculty, and donors – and by securing financial support for the College.
Fundraising Results: The high school receipted $1,155,076.70 in donations in 2017‐18:
- ~ $635,000 in A Time to Build pledge payment and new gifts
- ~ $234,000 in donations to support scholarship and bursaries
- ~ $286,000 in donations to support our general operations and other designated areas such as the music department, athletic program, and fine arts programs.
A Time to Build Campaign
Fundraising efforts to reach the $13.5 million campaign goal continue. As of June 30, 2018, we have raised just shy of $11.5 million.
Direct Mail Appeals
Direct mail appeal letters continue to be an important way for the College to raise money from alumni, parents, and other friends of the school. Three direct mail appeals were sent out this year – one in the fall, one in the spring, and a grade 12 parent appeal in June. Together these brought in approximately $64,800 in high school donations.
Planned Giving Program
Our planned giving program this fiscal year continues to grow with over $80,000 received in bequests and other planned gifts.
Parent Fundraising Event
The Luther Parents’ Association volunteers held a second Prairie Chic Shindig on January 20, 2018 which raised nearly $20,000 for landscaping initiatives around the campus.
One new scholarship was established this past year ‐ the William Frederick Krell Scholarship – which will award $500 to an entering student with a keen sense of academic pursuit, and a demonstrated need or hardship who exemplifies the characteristics of integrity, justice, humor, kindness, and compassion.
Over $80,000 was awarded through our other existing merit‐based scholarships. These scholarships are handed out at the Entrance Awards ceremony (September 17, 2017), the Academic Awards Night (June 11, 2018), and the Baccalaureate Ceremony (June 27, 2018). Scholarship donors are invited to attend these ceremonies and meet their recipients. Those who are unable to attend receive a letter and picture of their scholarship recipient. Scholarship donors were also provided with an annual financial update on the status of their endowed scholarship fund.
Throughout the year, the ARDC Office works to create opportunities to connect alumni to the school and to each other with the goal of fostering lifelong, mutually‐beneficial relationships that enhance pride in the school, and that preserve and promote Luther’s mission, traditions, and reputation.
This year’s Homecoming weekend (September 29‐20, 2017) was one of the most highly attended thanks to volunteers from the Class of 1957, 1967, and 1992.
Regina Alumni Events
Two off campus events were held for Regina alumni: a tour of Hillberg & Berk, initiated by alumna Rachel Mielke (HS’98) (November 2, 2017) and a tour of Mosaic Stadium tour (June 20, 2018). On campus alumni activities included the alumni hockey game (December 22, 2017) which targets younger alumni, and the LIT alumni basketball game and brunch (February 10, 2018); alumni at LIT were also offered free popcorn and were entered into a door prize exclusively for alumni.
Out of Town Alumni Events
Alumni receptions were held between January and April in the following locations: Saskatoon at the Remai Gallery (January 22); Calgary at the Trolley 5 Brew Pub (March 13); Edmonton at the Art Gallery (March 14); Victoria at the West Coast Grill & Bar (April 23); and Vancouver at the Jericho Tennis Club (April 24).
We continue to hold an alumni chapel service each June for our upcoming graduates. The speaker in June 2018 was Catherine Bell (HS’79 and U’82), a law professor at the University of Alberta.
Our social media activity and presence continues to be strong and our followers continue to grow on Instagram (693), Twitter (937), and Facebook (2,067). These channels are great ways to engage, inform, and interact with our alumni, parents, and current students.
The ARDC Office continues to be responsible for the ongoing maintenance, improvements, and updates to the high school portion of the Luther College website. We added the new student blog again this year, as well as two videos used in our recruitment materials.
The ARDC Office drafted a parent engagement plan for 2018‐19 with several actions as part of this plan, including regular parent surveys. The ARDC Office also worked with the Parents’ Association on their annual meet and greet for incoming parents held in May 2018.
Canadian Anti‐Spam Legislation (CASL)
This legislation prompted the ARDC Office to develop a plan to gather consent from individuals in order to continue emailing commercial electronic messages (CEMs). Email marketing is a key communication tool to reach our alumni.