Extra Learning Activities…
After School Care
The After School Care provides a safe and constructive alternative for students and their parents. Focus areas include academic support, mentoring, youth development, arts, sports and recreation, plus community involvement. It is designed to provide additional christian enrichment through expanded learning opportunities The After School Care attendees are offered a daily snack. Any child still in the building after 3:25 pm will check in to the After School Care. Parents can pick up their children any time before 5:30 p.m. by signing them out with the After School Care provider. Parents are assessed a fee for the After School Program and statements are sent home with the students two times per month.
Technology Within the Classroom
Each student in grades 3-8 is assigned a Chromebook to use daily during their regular classes. Students in these grades also participate in a weekly computers class during which they learn typing skills, effective use of computer programs and online tools, safe internet usage practices, and even coding! In a modern world, it is important for students to be competent and responsible in their use of technology, and everyone here at Zion is committed to making sure our students are equipped to be successful in their future.
Homework Club is available for students in grades 1-8 from 3:15-4:00pm in the RED ROOM with Zion’s Resource Teacher, Sharon Shriver. Students are required to attend Homework Club if they are missing 3 or more assignments or if a subject grade is 76% or less.
In addition to a library in the school, Zion Lutheran students receive services from the Hastings Public Library’s Bookmobile. Every Monday each class visits the library or the Bookmobile to check out a wide selection of age-appropriate books. A Hastings Public Library card is needed to check out books from the Bookmobile. Library cards are free for Adams County residents and are available by applying at the Hastings Public Library.
Nursing Services are provided at Zion Lutheran School. The school nurse is responsible for logging physical information such as height and weight each year. She also conducts vision, hearing, and other examinations related to the well-being of each student.
The nurse is a liaison between school and medical personnel. The school nurse is interested in the child’s total health and is available for consultation with parents. The school nurse will make home visits when it is deemed beneficial to the child. Notices are sent to parents whose children require attention from their family physician. The school nurse monitors medication distribution at Zion Lutheran School. The school staff does not administer any medications to students unless written authorization is received from the student’s parent or guardian.
The nurse also advises the school staff in regard to first and supplies and procedures. Training sessions are scheduled throughout the year.
Physical Education is taught by each individual teacher to all grades from K-8th. The Zion students are able to participate in a variety of fun and challenging indoor and outdoor activities. PE classes are age-appropriate and they promote sports skills and concepts as well as lifelong physical fitness.
Students in grades 3-8 learn Spanish though an online curriculum in a once weekly class. In an ever-expanding global world, it is important for students to have some understanding of a language other than their native language. At Zion, we are committed to expanding our students’ minds through rigorous curriculum and varied cultural experiences.
“Choir days” are devoted to learning how to best use our God-given instruments, our voices, to glorify God, and we spend much time learning proper vocal techniques and diction to prepare the music we sing for church services and music programs to the best of our ability. Students participate in a vocal choir class as well as a general music class. Grades K-2 dance along and learn fun new ways to explore music, while grades 3-8 are expanding their musical repertoire by learning to play the recorder. Our students love praising God with their voices and their instruments!
Band will be available starting in the 2019-2020 school year. Our head teacher, Sara Nielsen, will be helping students in grades 3-8 discover how to praise our Lord with their instrumental talents. Students will be able to choose an instrument and rent if necessary. Moore Music of Hastings will provide test instruments so students can try before they choose!