Did You Know?
Students admitted to Luther College are not required to be Lutheran or Christian. By welcoming students of all faiths and religious backgrounds, Luther College enjoys a richly diverse student body.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The gym officially opened July 8, 1951. The Sunday afternoon celebration, attended by 1,500 people, featured speeches followed by an evening celebration with another 1,500 people in attendance to hear the Luther Choir and the RCMP Band.
When the College was first looking to relocate from Melville to Regina, it considered land at College & Winnipeg, College & Broad, and 23rd & Albert, finally settling on 18 acres of land on the west end of property owned by Government House, now called Royal Street.
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.
For the fifth consecutive year, incoming grade 9 class enrollment (125) was strong. Total enrollment in 2016-17 (as of June 30, 2017) was 453 students, an increase of 2.3% from 2015-2016:
Grade 9 125 students
Grade 10 127 students
Grade 11 105 students
Grade 12 96 students
Total Enrolment 453 (443 in June 2016)
Dorm Students 92 (74 in June 2016)
Number of Graduates
In 2017, there were a total of 87 students who graduated from Luther College High School.
- Nancy Ostime, retired from the position of Academic Vice Principal in June 2017;
- Renee Wilkinson was welcomed as the new Academic Vice Principal;
- Clint Uhrich (English) retired June 30, 2017;
- David Keeping, Director of Business Operations, resigned in February 2017 in order to return to the Maritimes to be closer to his family;
- Shannon Fink (Math) will be on maternity leave April 2017 to April 2018;
- Tiffany Howard (Math) returned September 2016 after a one-year maternity leave;
- Sherri Andrews (French) was on maternity leave for the 2016-2017 year;
- Dr. Gregory Akulov (Math) and his son Alex (an alum) designed and implemented an online calculator used for special functions – the first of its kind;
- Dr. Melissa Morgan (Music) successfully defended her dissertation at the University of Toronto on November 11, 2016;
- Lindsay Braul (Science) became the new coordinator of student stats and data used to determine scholarships and honour pin status. She assumed these duties from the now-retired Steve Haddad. It should be noted that Steve spent countless weekends and holidays building these data banks at no cost to the College. They exist because of his exceptional volunteerism;
- Tess Kossick was hired as Finance Officer and began in February 2017;
- Bryan Belous, resigned as Dean of Boys to accept a 50% counsellor position at
the high school. He joins Colleen Wilkinson who teaches 50% and counsels 50%);
- Tanner Brightman was appointed Dean of Boys (75%) and assistant athletic director; Troy Casper was appointment 25%);
- Terry Enns (English) joined the faculty effective September 2017;
- Lindsay Braul is the school’s new It-Educational Consultant, which entails helping faculty learn how technology can enhance teaching approaches.
CAIS (Canadian Accredited Independent Schools)
Luther completed its application for CAIS membership, including hosting a visiting committee (VC) at the end of April as the penultimate step in acquiring membership. The VC’s written report was made available to school leadership several weeks later. Much of the 2017-2018 year will be dedicated to addressing the VC’s best recommendations and suggestions.
Mother Theresa Middle School
We continued to develop our working relationship with MTMS. Last year, we had twelve former MTMS students enrolled at Luther. Most come from very disadvantaged home lives and upbringings. In response to this need, Renee Wilkinson and Jessica Pultz organized our Service Club students to go to MTMS weekly to offer free math tutoring to struggling students.
In April, 2017, school administration and faculty experimented with removing formal midterm exam week and rededicating that gained time to classes. Parents, students and faculty were surveyed afterwards and the vast majority (over 80%) did not enjoy the experiment or find it educationally valuable. We will consider the feedback, tweak the experiment and try something else in 2017-- 2018.
Three PC and twenty-two new Mac laptops were distributed to faculty most in need of computer upgrades. The other half of the faculty will receive their new laptops in 2017-2018. Thanks to President Hillis, Director of Finance Mark Duke, and the Board for making the funds available for this critical upgrade.
New Parents Evening
In an effort to ease the transition from elementary to high school, administration piloted an information evening for parents of students who are new to Luther. Topics covered included homework expectations, support services, credit requirements, dress code, communication, etc. Parents also were given ample opportunity to ask questions. The response was very positive.
Following a Board retreat discussion about the details and pedagogical foundations of the International Baccalaureate program, the school has recommitted itself to improving its delivery of the program in all phases. For example, I.B. Coordinator Derek Frostad instituted come-and-go lunch meetings for IB Diploma students.
CAS through TAG
CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) is an I.B. program that accentuates education of the whole student and encourages citizenship building and community involvement. We experimented with offering this program through our TAGs (teacher advisory groups of about fifteen-eighteen students each), which meet about every two weeks during chapel time. Students planned and participated in a major service initiative. As with any start up, there were unforeseen challenges, but overall, the program started well and harmonizes well with the school’s mission.
Honour Roll Ceremony
For the second year in a row, we recognized honour roll students in chapel rather than at our Baccalaureate and Closing Exercises in June. The practice is that current grades 9, 10, and 11 students who achieved an average of 80% or higher are presented with honour pins. The response has been overwhelmingly favourable.
Closing Exercises and Baccalaureate
This past June, we experimented with separating our closing exercises by grade. On the evening of June 13, 2017, we hosted an official ceremony at which grades 9, 10, and 11 scholarships were presented. The format for the evening closely matched what happens at our traditional Baccalaureate. On the morning of June 27, 2017, we still conducted our traditional closing exercises, but only the grade 12 students and their families were in attendance. Again, the response was very favourable from all our constituencies.
Truth and Reconciliation Commission
We undertook three initiatives that we think provide appropriate starting points for our response to some of the challenges issued by the TRC: 1. Eric Johansen (whose daughter Erin and son Colin attended Luther) reached out to Luther to help us initiate contact with good resource people; 2. Michael Cappello (who is a professor at the U of R and whose daughter Mira currently attends Luther) did a full in-service with our faculty. Michael is a TRC expert and has a good understanding of how to meaningfully link the TRR with our pedagogy; and, 3. Sarah Hognestad (HS’11) – an alumna of Luther currently studying in Ontario and someone who has taken classes that explore the relationship between education and indigenous considerations – did her internship at Luther in April 2017. While doing so she shared many ideas about how we can better support Indigenous students in their studies at Luther.
Once again, the students and staff of Luther College put on another wonderful LIT and musical. This year’s LIT was marked by one of the most exciting finals in recent history, and this year’s performances of Honk! drew many young children and were well-received, both in and beyond our community. Over half the student body of Luther participated in some form or another in one or both of these events, which were resoundingly successful thanks to our wonderfully talented students, and to Troy Casper, Melissa Morgan, and Nancy Ostime, as well as the numerous faculty who gave (and have given over the years) so generously of their time to make these massive endeavors possible.
Debate Team Advisor Kim Greenman (history) organized and administrated a workshop for debaters from various schools in and around the Regina area.
Saskatchewan Historical High Schools Association
The Ministry has generated a draft of new Independent Schools Regulations. The proposed changes seem minimal and positive.
Security has been improved in the dorms (specially programmed fobs) and the new west doors have been secured during class hours. Students have been issued fobs that will allow them access through the west doors during school time. Guests and visitors are being redirected by a sign at the west entrance inviting them to enter the school through the Royal Street doors, which soon will be controlled by a camera and lock system operated from our main office. The standard security protocol for most high schools in Regina is that all doors remain open until the beginning of classes each morning. At that point, all entrances are locked, except for the main entrance which remains open throughout the day.
Secondly, we have updated our Emergency Response plan. In consultation with law enforcement and other schools, we have been able to develop a workable, “best-practices” protocol. While the new plan already has been introduced to the staff and faculty, the roll out to other groups will continue into the 2017-2018 year. Vice Principal Shawn Stieb has been instrumental in pulling together this very important document.
High School Chaplaincy
Pastor David Peterson has completed his third year of working at LCHS. Over the past year, he continues to be a member of the Senior Leadership Team where he also attends Board meetings and sits on the Academic and Advising Committee as well as participating in a number of LCHS events including Homecoming, Candlelight Service, and various other formalities.
Chapel services continues to encourage students to participate and take leadership in worship. Students read scripture, sung spirituals (such as a Worship Wednesdays group), participated in acting out scripture passages, and student leadership addressed the problem of bullying in the school. Remembrance Day services were mostly student-led (several Air Cadets in uniform) including a reflection by Holly Gilroy on her experience at Vimy Ridge. Chapel also saw many different guests over the year including Pastor Sean Bell (Chaplain at Luther’s University campus), Chief Cadmus Delorme, Pastor Kaiser, Zarqa Nawaz (Producer of Little Mosque on the Prairie), several alumni including Marilla Rackow (HS’16) and Austin Josephson (HS’10, U’15), and several teacher-led chapels. The University of Regina Choir’s performed a selection of Reformation hymns as part of several Reformation 500 themed chapels.
Pastor Peterson continues to teach Christian Ethics 30 (CETH 30) and has a special CETH 30 course this Fall designed to support students participating in the El Salvador trip in February. After much discussion with CRISPAZ (the host of the program) and Administration, it was felt that El Salvador was the preferred choice over Mexico for this course. Currently, there are eighteen students involved with three supporting chaperones. This CETH 30 course has a strong emphasis on social justice and fairness. It will incorporate learning (including instruction received from CRISPAZ) and seek to transform it into social action upon the students’ return.
Pastor Peterson continued to offer chaplain services at professional development days (including reflections and communion) as well as offering evening worship with communion at the pre-start retreat in August. To minister to the staff, Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday services were offered in Lent, and Advent Services were offered before school in December. During Holy Week this year, palm crosses were prepared and given to the School to mark Palm Sunday, and many students and staff took crosses home. Ministry to Luther staff has increased over the past year with more staff sharing their concerns and issues with Pastor Peterson including more support staff. While students generally feel their problems are better addressed by Mrs. Wilkinson, there are a few who seek spiritual advice from the Chaplain.
Alumni Relations, Development & Communications
The Alumni Relations, Development & Communications function is an essential component of Luther College High School as it focuses on strengthening relationships with constituents that help maintain the viability of the institution. This focus assists fundraising and engagement within the community of alumni, current and past parents, donors, and friends of the College. To that end, several events and activities were held in the fiscal year of July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017 to support this objective.
Fundraising activities at the high school remain steady with our alumni, parents, grandparents, board members, staff, faculty, and friends of the College continuing the tradition of giving at Luther College.
A Time to Build Campaign
Fundraising efforts for the A Time to Build capital campaign continued in 2016-2017, raising over $210,000. The campaign has now raised over $11.2 million toward its $13.5 million goal. Funds have been raised through donations from alumni and friends of the College, a reserve from previous fundraising efforts, and a contribution from the provincial government.
The A Time to Build donor wall was unveiled at the Founders’ Day celebration on November 16, 2016 as part of the Founders’ Day celebrations. Special thanks to our Donor Wall Committee which consisted of members of the board, current faculty and staff, and alumni for their guidance in developing policies pertaining to donor recognition. Thanks also to Brook Recognition Systems of Winnipeg for their assistance in designing, producing and installing the wall.
Black & Gold Gala
The Parents’ Association re-vitalized its annual fundraiser by transitioning from a gala to a prairie chic shindig-themed event, which was held on January 21. The event was a great success, raising over $31,000 for the school’s technology campaign.
Direct Mail Appeals
The 2016 Fall Appeal focused on the school’s technology upgrades for classrooms and computer access for students in need. Over $36,000 was raised which was apportioned almost evenly between the technology and A Time to Build campaigns. An additional $47,000 was received for technology from a bequest and grant application. The 2017 Spring Appeal focused on the landscaping and campus beautification, raising over $13,000.
Luther College parents continue to support the school through financial contributions. In May, an appeal letter was sent to all Grade 12 parents asking for donations to the “Grade 12 Parent Class Gift.” The initiative raised $6,400 for the A Time To Build campaign.
Corinne Vogel (HSU’61) established the Heart for Service Award which is given to a student entering a profession in which he/she serves others. We were thrilled to have Corinne and her husband, Roger, attend the 2017 Baccalaureate ceremony to present the inaugural award of $500. Ben Freitag (HSU’70) established the Freitag Family Scholarship for History this year. This inaugural award of $1,000 was presented at the LCHS Awards Night.
Entrance Awards & Reception
The Entrance Awards ceremony was held on September 20, 2016 during Chapel and was attended by forty-six people, including eight scholarship stewards. The Kramer Family Scholarship was handed out for the first time, and Tim Kramer was recognized for his donation.
Letters were sent to all scholarship stewards in October, providing them with a financial report of their endowed scholarships.
Homecoming 2016 was held September 30 & October 1, 2016 with eighty-five people (including eighteen spouses) attending. This was an increase of about 21% over the previous year.
Alumni Hockey Game
The annual Alumni Hockey Game was held on December 21, 2016 with eighteen alumni attending. They re-connected over food and beverages after the game.
A group of Korean alumni have started an informal association and met over the Christmas season. Our office assisted with communications and publicity for the event.
Alumni Basketball Game & LIT
The LIT Alumni basketball game and brunch was held February 11, 2017 with forty-seven alumni in attendance. A mini-reunion of players and coaches from the 1997 senior boys’ basketball team was also held in conjunction with LIT. Although only a handful of players and coaches were able to attend, feedback was very positive.
ARDC also offered free popcorn and a door prize to alumni who attended LIT as a means to gauge alumni attendance and plan future alumni activities. Approximately 50 alumni participated in both promotions.
Calgary Alumni Reception
An alumni reception was held in Calgary on March 27, 2017 at the Ranchmen’s Club with forty-six attendees.
Toronto Alumni Reception
An alumni reception was held at the home of alum Graeme Hepworth in Toronto on May 28, 2017 with thirty-one participants.
Regina Alumni Reception
A reception and networking event was held June 6, 2017 at Rebellion Brewing with twenty-five people in attendance. This was our first off campus event in Regina in several years.
This year’s Alumni Chapel guest speaker was business entrepreneur, Rachel Mielke (HS’98), who engaged students, staff and retired faculty with insights of how to succeed, both personally and professionally.
The website continues to be a strong recruitment-focused tool. Social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram provide a snapshot into the daily life of the high school and are updated daily.
The ARDC Office continues to support the Parents’ Association which holds a successful fundraiser in January and a reception for new parents in June. Events such as these encourage families to connect with the school and the Luther community.