St. John Lutheran School Ellisville, Missouri 2008 – 2009 Annual Report
SJLS Student Body   02 | Blue Ribbon School Assistant Principal Julie Durst and Principal Spencer Peregoy receive the Nati...
Contents Report From Pastor Peterson Page 4 Report From the Principal Page 5 SJLS Survey Findings Page 6 SJLS Strategic Ob...
Report From Pastor Peterson: Photo Kids are an incredible gift, aren’t they?  As a proud dad of one, and another one on th...
<ul><li>As I looked over our 2007 Annual Report, I noted that we are definitely a different school than we were just two y...
<ul><li>Facts and Figures </li></ul><ul><li>The 2008-09 Parent Survey data has been received and will now go to review by ...
<ul><li>Strategic Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Our School Ministry Team (SMT) used feedback from our 2007/08 Parent Survey...
Financial Summary 08 | Financial Summary The 2009-10 school year marks a milestone in our goal to become a self-funded min...
Annual Fund Report In 2004, St. John Lutheran School Staff and several parents of school families envisioned a need to fin...
Annual Fund | 10 2008 – 2009 Annual Report <ul><li>The St. John Parent Teacher League (PTL) continues to do wonderful thin...
11 | Early Childhood <ul><li>Early Childhood </li></ul><ul><li>St. John Preschool started the 2009-10 school year with our...
Learning Environment | 12 2008 – 2009 Annual Report <ul><li>One of our core values is providing a quality learning environ...
<ul><li>Things We Accomplished This Year </li></ul><ul><li>2008-09  Mission Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Mission projects co...
<ul><li>2008 – 2009 Staff At-A-Glance </li></ul><ul><li>We say farewell to several staff members who move onto new adventu...
Abby Andres – Westminster HS  Eddie Godbold – Lafayette HS Luke Neumann – Marquette HS Daniel Anich – Kennedy HS  Jacob Ha...
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  1. 1. St. John Lutheran School Ellisville, Missouri 2008 – 2009 Annual Report
  2. 2. SJLS Student Body 02 | Blue Ribbon School Assistant Principal Julie Durst and Principal Spencer Peregoy receive the National Blue Ribbon School Award at the October ceremony at the US Department of Education. National Blue Ribbon School 02 | Blue Ribbon School SJLS Student Body
  3. 3. Contents Report From Pastor Peterson Page 4 Report From the Principal Page 5 SJLS Survey Findings Page 6 SJLS Strategic Objectives Page 7 Financial Summary Page 8 Annual Fund Page 9 PTL Page 10 Early Childhood Page 11 Learning Environment Page 12 2008–2009 At-A-Glance Pages 13 - 14 Mission St. John Lutheran School equips children through excellent Christian education to courageously serve Christ in a changing world.   Vision St. John Lutheran School is a community of parents, students and staff that empower and equip children to impact the world for Jesus Christ. Contents | 03 2008 – 2009 Annual Report
  4. 4. Report From Pastor Peterson: Photo Kids are an incredible gift, aren’t they? As a proud dad of one, and another one on the way, I can honestly thank God for the incredible joy they bring to the lives of so many, including mine. Even if just for a moment, take a second now to thank God with me for the privilege we have to “tell the Next Generation the praiseworthy deeds of our Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done” (Psalm 78:4).   It’s not something our team takes lightly. Every school day has been a chance to share Jesus with students. I never grow tired of hearing the stories, talking to our students, and seeing their expressions as God teaches them something new in their lives.   As the Director of Next Generation Ministries at St. John, it is my commitment that our entire St. John team will continue to support, encourage, and walk alongside you and the kids we all love as long as God gives us the opportunity. For a very long time, St. John has been committed to quality Christian education. That commitment has not, and will not change as we move with great excitement into the future. Our best days are still ahead!   The world in which we live will continue to change. The technology we use will continue to change. Our teaching methods will continue to change. And yet, God’s Word, the Bible, will continue to be timeless and timely. I am so thankful for this Word, which guides our staff and students every single day.   THANK YOU for your incredible support, encouragement, and prayers throughout this school year. Enjoy your year, and keep thanking God for the gift kids are to our lives.   On the journey with you, Pastor Ryan Pastor Ryan Peterson is the Director of the Next Generation Ministries at St .John. He is responsible for effective ministry to children from birth through high school age. 04 | Report From the Pastor Peterson
  5. 5. <ul><li>As I looked over our 2007 Annual Report, I noted that we are definitely a different school than we were just two years ago. It stems from a culture that examines our strengths and weaknesses and faces the future with a heart to provide excellent Christian education to the students of our community. At the same time we build strong a strong community of support for our families. </li></ul><ul><li>We give thanks for another year of blessings as we followed our 2008-09 theme “Press On in Christ Jesus!” This theme was timely as we faced a year filled with opportunity and challenge. The year will be remembered with many significant memories and milestones: </li></ul><ul><li>Highest enrollment in the school’s history at 420 PS – Grade 8 </li></ul><ul><li>Opening our third kindergarten class with 50 students. This will allow the expansion of the third class in each grade level as the years proceed. A third first grade will be added for our 2009 school year. </li></ul><ul><li>The third straight appearance and a fifth place finish at the National Basketball Championship at Valparaiso by our girl’s 7/8th grade team </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment by our staff to integrate technology into our daily curriculum. SmartBoards were an instructional tool in classrooms in grades 2nd - 8th, and will expand to 1st grade this coming year. </li></ul><ul><li>Intentional project integration into student learning </li></ul><ul><li>2008 National Blue Ribbon School Award by the U.S. Department of Education. We are one of two Lutheran schools among 320 elementary and secondary schools across the country honored this year. Our community celebrated with civic and church leaders with a special ceremony at our chapel service in October. </li></ul><ul><li>New and improved website so we can better serve our current families and visitors checking the site for school information </li></ul><ul><li>Renovation and upgrade of our primary wing started over spring break and was completed during the summer to improve the learning environment of our kindergarten and first grade classrooms. </li></ul><ul><li>We will push ahead with new initiatives to help prepare 21st century learners in a place where faith, love and learning connect! </li></ul><ul><li>Pressing On in Christ, </li></ul><ul><li>Spencer Peregoy </li></ul>Report From the Principal | 05 2008 – 2009 Annual Report Report From the Principal: Spencer Peregoy has completed his 31st year in Lutheran education and his 9 th year as principal at SJLS. He is a 2007 National Distinguished Principal awarded by the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Photo
  6. 6. <ul><li>Facts and Figures </li></ul><ul><li>The 2008-09 Parent Survey data has been received and will now go to review by the school strategic team and the faculty. The data received is important information that helps identify areas in our school program for our ongoing school improvement. The data on the four core values indicate the level of satisfaction on a scale of 1(unacceptable)-10 (outstanding). </li></ul><ul><li>Performance on Leadership Development 9.4 </li></ul><ul><li>Performance on Academic Excellence 9.5 </li></ul><ul><li>Performance on Spiritual Development 10 </li></ul><ul><li>Performance on Learning Environment 9.6 </li></ul><ul><li>In addition, the survey provided additional feedback on discipline, fine arts, after-school programs, PE program communication. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Overall rating of SJLS 8.6 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PE/Sports 7.5 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fine Arts 7.6 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School Discipline 7.9 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spanish 8.1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Performance of Teaching Staff 8.8 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication 8.8 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Would recommend SJLS 9.6 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Many parents also provided written comments that will be addressed by our staff and strategic team. Although the overall results were very good, we recognize areas that we want to improve upon. </li></ul><ul><li>2009 Stanford Achievement Tests </li></ul><ul><li>Students in grades 1-8 take the SAT 10 annually, which is a nationally recognized assessment of student achievement. This year our school-wide averages ranked us in the upper ten percentile nationally with a 81% average in both our reading and math subject areas. This test is normed so that students are performing at grade level with a score of 50. School-wide results are available on our school website. </li></ul>06 | Survey Results
  7. 7. <ul><li>Strategic Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Our School Ministry Team (SMT) used feedback from our 2007/08 Parent Survey and our school teaching staff to review and enhance the core values of our school program. We assembled members of our school community, teaching staff and SMT group to develop strategic initiatives that will impact school improvement for the next 3-5 years. Annual survey results help benchmark our progress and provide additional areas where improvement is needed. The following summarizes some key initiatives that we have focused on and/or will continue to execute: </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Excellence </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to implement a differentiated project approach to classroom instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Benchmark grade-level technology integration according to ISTE standards </li></ul><ul><li>Raise student presentation components into grade-level evaluation process </li></ul><ul><li>Adopt new curriculum for 8 th grade Science and incorporate 3 rd grade math books as part of Saxon curriculum* </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual Development </li></ul><ul><li>Add use of journaling by students to help reflect and respond to their faith-life* </li></ul><ul><li>Review scope of memory work by grade and sequence for appropriate integration and life application* </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership Development </li></ul><ul><li>Establish Chapel Leadership elective to allow upper grade students to plan and lead weekly chapel services and increase their experience in spiritual leadership* </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporate student participation in daily announcements - as they highlight various leaders who made important contributions to our society* </li></ul><ul><li>Identify ways to improve the quality of our Physical Education and Athletic programs </li></ul><ul><li>Quality Learning Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Renovate the primary wing for the 2009 school year* </li></ul><ul><li>Install SmartBoards in all classrooms from 1st Grade through 8 th Grade* </li></ul><ul><li>Develop strategies to promote healthy relationships and problem solving abilities among students and parents </li></ul><ul><li>*Indicates those initiatives that have been completed during the 2008/09 school year or for the 2009/10 school year. All others are in progress or continuing. </li></ul>Strategic Objectives | 07 2008 – 2009 Annual Report
  8. 8. Financial Summary 08 | Financial Summary The 2009-10 school year marks a milestone in our goal to become a self-funded ministry. As opposed to previous years which had approved deficit spending, this year the school plans to deliver a balanced budget. The primary drivers for this change are attaining our enrollment target of 441 students and accomplishing our Annual Fund goal. Revenue 07-08 Budget 08-09 Budget 09-10 Budget Tuition Grades 1-8 $ 985,868 $ 1,050,013 $ 1,245,831 Tuition Kindergarten 135,490 153,200 185,357 Tuition ECE 195,485 286,024 298,196 Childcare 64,801 64,801 0 Summer Camp 28,050 28,050 30,014 PTL 80,000 100,580 105,609 Annual Fund 132,000 117,451 131,667 Church Support 72,000 0 0 Other Income 63,665 72,748 72,175 Total Revenue $ 1,757,359 $ 1,872,867 $ 2,068,848 Expenses 07-08 Budget 08-09 Budget 09-10 Budget Grades 1-8 (Compensation) $ 1,110,552 $ 1,131,056 $ 1,189,983 Grades 1-8 (Other) 155,265 178,217 183,539 Kindergarten (Compensation) 117,960 127,597 151,145 Kindergarten (Other) 3,090 3,000 4,087 ECE (Compensation) 177,231 205,469 258,133 ECE (Other) 3,702 2,789 4,100 Childcare (Compensation) 46,339 45,722 0 Childcare (Other) 0 0 0 Summer Camp 23,907 18,034 18,935 Admin (Comp & Other) 170,106 191,305 258,926 Total Expenses $ 1,808,152 $ 1,903,187 $ 2,068,848 TOTAL SURPLUS / (DEFICIT) $ (50,793) $ (30,320) $ 0
  9. 9. Annual Fund Report In 2004, St. John Lutheran School Staff and several parents of school families envisioned a need to financially support the school. They embarked on a new concept that is often utilized by other private schools – the Annual Fund. The Annual Fund was created to help meet the current financial needs of the school each year without having to significantly raise the cost of tuition. In our very first year, we were blessed to receive a very large donation from one of our school families. This helped plant the seed of what has now become one of the school’s largest fund raising activities, along with the school auction. The graph below illustrates the growth in donations over the years as well as the number of families who have participated in the Annual Fund. Since 2005, the number of donors has increased from 25 families to now almost 125 families. More than half of the donations in the last school year came from new donors. Over 50 donors were multi-year donors (many have donated more than 3 years). Many corporations and Thrivent will match employee/Thrivent Member gifts through a Gift Matching Program. Each year ~25% of the donations come from Corporate Gift Matching Programs. Our goal is to achieve a 50% school family donation rate in the 2009-2010 school year. The rate is currently < 20%. No gift is too small. If every family contributed ~$400 each year we would achieve our goal. We extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to all who have participated over the years through both donations and prayers. All donations are tax-deductible
  10. 10. Annual Fund | 10 2008 – 2009 Annual Report <ul><li>The St. John Parent Teacher League (PTL) continues to do wonderful things for our school and make a difference in big and small ways. With over 20 committee leaders and 75 parents participating at some level, our PTL is able to make an impact and fulfill their mission to support the school financially and through a strong volunteer network, as well as provide family events that promote a strong sense of community at St. John. </li></ul><ul><li>The PTL Board in 2008/09 consisted of the following members: </li></ul><ul><li>Sheryl Miller PTL Chair </li></ul><ul><li>Michelle Abel Communications Chair </li></ul><ul><li>Lynda Baker Financial Chair </li></ul><ul><li>Greg Camden Athletics Chair </li></ul><ul><li>Jackie Lawson Events Chair </li></ul><ul><li>Jeff Winter Volunteers Chair </li></ul><ul><li>Fundraisers: </li></ul><ul><li>Even with the current economic status, the PTL fundraisers were a success this year and we thank all those who contributed in any way they could. We continue to set high goals for the coming year to make up some of the deficit we experienced this year: 2008/09 $$ raised 2009/10 goal </li></ul><ul><li>Sally Foster $27,900 $30,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Entertainment books $11,000 $15,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Golf tournament $25,500 $30,000 </li></ul><ul><li>School Auction $133,500 $130,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Funding/Financial Summary: </li></ul><ul><li>PTL funds generated support the school in various ways, with the majority of funds directly supporting school tuition for every student: </li></ul><ul><li>Events: </li></ul><ul><li>Once again, the PTL hosted some great events for parents and families to simply enjoy some time together outside of school. We continue to look for ways to provide spiritual support and opportunities for fellowship and fun. </li></ul><ul><li>Kidstock </li></ul><ul><li>Trunk or Treat </li></ul><ul><li>Parent Network Nights (new in 2008/09) </li></ul><ul><li>Skate Night </li></ul><ul><li>We extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to all who have participated in the PTL through volunteering or financial support. The school could not succeed without your help. </li></ul>Parent Teacher League (PTL)
  11. 11. 11 | Early Childhood <ul><li>Early Childhood </li></ul><ul><li>St. John Preschool started the 2009-10 school year with our largest enrollment of over 85 students in 3’s and 4’s. The preschool opened additional full-day programs which are growing in popularity with our community. This year Mrs. Rachel Bausch moved into the role of our Preschool Director. She oversees an excellent staff of early childhood degreed instructors who impact the lives of our young children with the story of God’s love in Jesus Christ . </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic Initiatives - in discussion and review: </li></ul><ul><li>Integration of our Mother’s Day Out Program with an age-appropriate curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Self-Study to determine how a full-day, 12 month early childhood center operates like in our community </li></ul><ul><li>Facility review of all early childhood space on the St. John campus </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate age-appropriate playground space around the facility </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum: </li></ul><ul><li>SJ Preschool utilizes the Project Construct Curriculum, based on the Department of Missouri Education. This curriculum is process-orientated and is based on the premise that children learn best when they are actively involved in experiences that are meaningful to them. Math, social studies, science, writing and language development are taught through hands-on student-centered experiences. Additional programs enhance the learning experience: </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign Language </li></ul><ul><li>Computers </li></ul><ul><li>Library </li></ul><ul><li>Large Motor / Gym </li></ul><ul><li>Handwriting Without Tears </li></ul>
  12. 12. Learning Environment | 12 2008 – 2009 Annual Report <ul><li>One of our core values is providing a quality learning environment for the children of St. John. The school ministry team listened to our parents from the school survey and began an aggressive review and implementation of key initiatives to provide the highest quality environment for our children. This year’s team lead by Jeff Winter is tackling the following areas: </li></ul><ul><li>Development a nutrition curriculum and designing a healthy lunch program which would support the new school wellness policy </li></ul><ul><li>Establishment of a school garden to promote horticulture and the wonder of nature </li></ul><ul><li>Review of the current discipline and issue management polices </li></ul><ul><li>Review of the current bullying / clique behavior management </li></ul><ul><li>Development of a strategic plan for effective growth of the preschool program including approach to facilities, financing and staffing </li></ul><ul><li>Design and creation of a completely new Preschool playground area </li></ul><ul><li>Review of current state and future state of technology integration to ensure student learning and differentiated instruction models </li></ul><ul><li>Primary Wing Makeover </li></ul><ul><li>One of the first (and bigger) initiatives was to remodel and update the Primary Wing for our Kindergarten and First Grade classes. Thanks to the members of our team for their hard work and all the volunteers that made this happen. A special thanks to the following Companies for donating materials and expertise to the project: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Albright Painting </li></ul><ul><li>Bellini Designs </li></ul><ul><li>Crazy Walls -- Diedre Kotsky </li></ul><ul><li>Ron Schmidt -- Duenke Cabinets </li></ul><ul><li>Hoods Discount Home Center -- Tim Meyer </li></ul><ul><li>St. John Facility team -- Sherrie Berry, Roland Loehr and Robert McMullen </li></ul><ul><li>St. John IT department -- Rewired the classrooms </li></ul>Learning Environment
  13. 13. <ul><li>Things We Accomplished This Year </li></ul><ul><li>2008-09 Mission Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Mission projects continues to be an important part of our school and teaching the children about giving back to the community. We are blessed with so much and it’s our responsibility to help others. Throughout 2008-09 our school community banded together to support the following agencies through our chapel offerings and other special fund drives: </li></ul><ul><li>Nurses for Newborns 30 Fleece blankets prepared for babies </li></ul><ul><li>Booneville Headstart PS 75 Fleece blankets, books </li></ul><ul><li>Boonesville Women’s Shelter Toiletries, slippers, robes </li></ul><ul><li>Coffee for Kosovo Partnered with Starbucks to send 150 pounds of coffee to MO troops stationed in Kosovo </li></ul><ul><li>CALMS Funds to equip a Christian PS in Guatemala </li></ul><ul><li>Little Bit Foundation Funds to equip inner city students with clothes </li></ul><ul><li>Circle of Concern Quarterly food collection for Valley Park Center </li></ul><ul><li>Haiti Orphanage Clothing drive collection for students </li></ul><ul><li>In addition to these initiatives, several of our classrooms did additional ongoing mission projects such as writing letters to newly confirmed baptismal families. </li></ul><ul><li>Endowment 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>The School Ministry Team is working with the leadership of St. John Congregation to establish a school endowment fund. This fund would help build a stronger financial base to fulfill the school mission and vision. A goal of $100,000 by June 30, 2010 has been set by the team. Informational brouchures are being produced to explain the many ways contributions can be made to this fund. </li></ul>14 | 2008 – 2009 At-A-Glance
  14. 14. <ul><li>2008 – 2009 Staff At-A-Glance </li></ul><ul><li>We say farewell to several staff members who move onto new adventures and welcome four new staff members to our 2009 faculty: </li></ul><ul><li>Ms. Brooke O’Neill began her graduate program in education at the University of Kansas this summer </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Jessica McQuiggin joins her husband in their first pastoral call to Wahoo, Texas </li></ul><ul><li>Mr. Karl Zuroweste retired and joins his wife Tina, who just retired from 25 years of teaching in the Rockwood School District </li></ul><ul><li>We welcome our new staff members: </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Daneen Hanson, from Trinity Lutheran in Indianapolis. She brings 12 years of teaching experience to third grade. </li></ul><ul><li>Mr. Scott Osbourn from St. John, Arnold. He brings 10 years of teaching and leadership experience to sixth grade homeroom, math and band instruction. </li></ul><ul><li>Ms. Rachel Pfotenhauer from Faith, Lincoln. She brings 5 years of experience to our third first grade classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>Ms. Erin Shidner from Bethany, Long Beach, CA. She brings 11 years of experience to our second first grade classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>Plus, congratulations go to the following teachers this year: </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Liz Slavens was married and expecting her first child. She also graduated from Maryville University with her graduate degree in education. </li></ul><ul><li>Ms. Heather Heimsoth graduated with her graduate degree in education from Missouri Baptist. </li></ul><ul><li>Mr. Heath Luehmann is close to completing his graduate work at Bethel College </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Kayla Marty is working on her Administration degree from Concordia University, Nebraska </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Pat List, who has taught at SJLS for over 30 years, has announced that she the 09-10 school year will be her final year of teaching. She will join her husband as he retired last February. </li></ul>13 | 2008 – 2009 At-A-Glance
  15. 15. Abby Andres – Westminster HS Eddie Godbold – Lafayette HS Luke Neumann – Marquette HS Daniel Anich – Kennedy HS Jacob Hartwig – Lutheran HSS Christian Otto – Marquette HS Todd Barlow- Marquette HS Samantha Hensel – Marquette HS Laura Rusert – Lafayette HS Lauren Bentzinger – Lutheran HSS Grant Hinton – Lafayette HS Morgan Schettler – Marquette HS Rachel Berry – Marquette HS Andrew Lackey- Lafayette HS Matthew Schulz- Eureka HS Ellie Bettlach – Westminster H Zachary Loehr – Marquette HS Brendan Schmidt – Marquette HS Morgan Blair – Lutheran HSS Katherine Lorenz – Lutheran HSS Brooke Tiehes – Lutheran HSS Makenna Burton – Lafayette HS Nicholas Lowary – Lafayette HS Heidi Tripp – Lafayette HS Rebecca Clayton – Lutheran HSS Jason Marsh – Lutheran HSS Alyssa Wagner – Parkway West HS Matthew Conrad – Eureka HS Aden McGehee – Marquette HS Anna Welby – Lafayette HS Jordan Dubberke – Lafayette HS Drew Miller – Lafayette HS John Whitman – Lafayette HS Hannah Finley- Lafayette HS Audrey Moentmann – Marquette HS Olivia Willis – Westminister HS Jordan Howell – Marquette HS St. John Lutheran School Class of 2009 St. John Lutheran School 15808 Manchester Road Ellisville, Missouri 63011 Phone: 636-386-0186 Fax: 636-394-6274 www.stjohnslutheranschool.org

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