Addams Family Portrait
The Drama Department of LHSKC will present their fall production - The Addams Family: A Musical Comedy
The Addams Family is scheduled for Friday, November 18th and Saturday, November 19th at 7 p.m. The students, under the direction of Will Andrews-Weiss, are working diligently to ensure a quality production.
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Theme Verse 2016-2017
Colossians 1:10 set as the theme for 2016-2017
The theme for the 2016-2017 school year comes from Colossians 1:10. . . "Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God."
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Boys' State
Five LHSKC Juniors Participated in the Boys' State Experience.
The American Legion Boys State of Missouri is an eight-day hands on experience in the operation and fundamentals of government. Missouri Boys State draws together the best and brightest high school juniors to help lead them down the path of individual success and leadership through "doing," not just learning.
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Dr. StelmachowiczI will incline my ear to proverb; I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre. Psalm 49:4

On Friday, October 14th, the Music Department of Lutheran High School presented its Fall Concert.   As with all elements of our programs here at LHSKC, we proclaim “to God be the glory”.

Recently you may have heard several school districts on both sides of the border threatening to cut budgets of the arts programs.  Why are these budgets the first ones we determine to be slashed from a high school experience?  Why not math, science, or English?  I pose these questions because this question has lingered for many years.  Whenever you add items to a curriculum, you must subtract or your school day becomes significantly longer.  Most of us realize that 180 days in one calendar school year is the maximum amount of time any student can expect to pay attention, be exposed to educated mentors, process information, and learn to apply said experience in a meaningful manner.  Of course, I jest.  The lack of the ability to change thought patterns, traditions, and customs seems to point to an inability to think creatively, openly, and progressively.

The study of music and the application of the skill of performing music are opportunities for our youth to become creative, to appreciate the beauty involved in God’s creation, and to expand horizons beyond mere knowledge acquisition.  Talented mentors equipping students with the appreciation of the arts and  honing their skills in a performance application should be treasured moments in an individual’s development.  

Perhaps the Bible can shed some light on this subject.  David in Psalms 49:4  “I will incline my ear to proverb; I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre.”  This is David connecting  intellectual thought and problem solving to the beauty of a musical composition.  Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:1  “If I speak in tongues of men and angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.”  Paul comments on understanding the appreciation of fine music versus a musical rendition of poor quality.  In other words, the beauty of music was revered and considered God-like.  There are dozens and dozens of passages which speak of praising God through the beauty and grandeur of music.

Music, physical art, dance, the theater are all examples of an expression of a high level of intellectual advancement.  Cut the budget, reduce the opportunities, limit the creativity?  Please tell me this is not happening in an already culturally deprived and depraved society.   We at LHSKC will continue to promote the arts and salute all students who partake in this learning and developmental process.

God bless.       
                                                                                         Dr. Cary Stelmachowicz