Extra Learning Activities…

After School Care

The After School Program 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 checking 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. After School Care will be available Monday – Thursday 3:25 pm – 5:30 pm and Fridays 2:45 pm – 5:30 pm.

Technology Within the Classroom

In an ever-changing world filled with technology, education in safe and responsible usage of that technology is a vital part of every student’s future success. Here are Zion, we are committed to producing well-rounded students who are prepared for any challenges life may present to them. Starting in 1st grade, your students will participate in computer learning classes that train them in typing skills, safe Internet practices, and responsible technology interactions. Grades 1-4 focus on typing skills and basic program knowledge. In the upper grades, students participate in a program called CSPrep (Computer Science Preparation), in which they have the opportunity to learn coding skills at their own pace, personalizing their knowledge to fit individual interests and abilities.

Homework Club

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

Nursing Services are provided at Zion Lutheran School. The school nurse visits twice each year to log physical information such as height and weight for each student. She also conducts vision, hearing, and other examinations related to the well-being of each student. The school office manager handles all medications at Zion. In addition, every teacher is certified in CPR and first aid. Zion also has a certified and trained emergency medical responder on site for medical emergencies.

Physical Education

Zion cooperates with Hastings College to participate in a revolutionary physical education program. Supervised by their instructor, Hastings College students plan and teach our kindergarten through eighth grade PE classes based on a curriculum that incorporates core subjects such as reading and mathematics into their physical activities. Your student will receive a full-circle physical education for their mind and body!


In an ever-expanding global world, it is important for your students to possess an 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. In pursuit of that end, students in grades 3-8 study Latin, the basis for most modern languages. A firm foundation in a classical language prepares our students to understand their own language more fluently and also opens the gateway to any languages they may wish to study in the future.

Vocal Music

“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!

Instrumental Music

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!


Writing and responsibility are key in developing successful students, and students in grades 3-8 are given the opportunity to develop these skills through an optional yearbook and newspaper class. In this class, students put together a weekly newsletter of school information to distribute throughout the school. In the spring semester, students are each assigned to design certain pages in the school yearbook. Allowing students to take charge of school activities gives them a sense of ownership and pride and allows them to develop a deeper sense of responsibility.


In an age of readily available information, how can your student know what is true and what is not? In this extracurricular class, students in grades 3-8 learn to identify logical fallacies, think analytically, and examine information to determine its truth and value. With so many claims and opinions bombarding your students from all sides, we recognize the importance of teaching them these crucial analytical skills in order to prepare them to defend their values against the never-ending onslaught of information from the outside world.