Howard Lake Community Guide 2016-17 - Page 30

30 h oward Lake GUIDEBOOK 2016-2017 Photo by Ana Alexander St. James Lutheran School has been a part of the Howard Lake community for more than 90 years. St. James employs seven full-time and three part-time licensed teachers, plus a resource teacher who provides remedial instruction and works with individual students and small groups. Additionally, parents, grandparents, and friends of the school volunteer, helping with the library, coaching, refereeing, providing transportation to and from games, listening to students read, serving as field trip chaperones, and helping with school programs, to list some of the activities. Extracurricular activities include piano lessons, spelling contests, science and social studies fairs, the interscholastic sports of volleyball and basketball, and field trips throughout the school year. St. James has great facilities and equipment, including a full-sized gymnasium, an updated computer lab 80 YEARS Strong & Growing Your Locally Owned & Operated Coop and library, Chromebooks and interactive smartboards, and a kitchen that serves “home-cooked” meals through the hot lunch program. One special event that occurs weekly is chapel – a worship experience for students in grades kindergarten through grade eight. The service, which includes the reading of God’s Word, singing, prayers, and the involvement of all attending is led by the pastor of St. James Lutheran Church, the Reverend Mark Loder, or by the pastor of another Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod church. The students are divided into chapel “families,” and sit with their “family” each chapel service. These “families” also engage in non-curricular activities those Wednesdays when there is a two-hour late start. Another