Student Life

Growing beyond the regular curriculum in skills and relationships.

With the help of parents, teachers, and members of the congregation, we are able to offer many extracurricular opportunities for students. We have extracurriculars in athletics, fine arts, and technology with more being added each year.

We are truly grateful for all those who give to these programs with their time, talents, and gifts. Although we are a small school we offer many opportunities for students to grow outside of the standard curriculum. In our small school setting, students may pursue a variety of extracurriculars to improve their abilities and to engage in social settings with other students. In all things the students are encouraged to glorify God with their abilities.

Click on the images below in each section to see more of our extracurriculars!

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” – Colossians 3:23

Athletics

Boys Basketball
We offer basketball programs competing through YMCA leagues for 3rd-8th boys. Boys may join these teams as well as participate in our tournament teams. We field a team for the Great Plains Lutheran High School tournament and the Martin Luther College tournament.
Cheer
3rd – 8th girls may participate in cheer during the basketball season to cheer during tournaments and perform at Good Shepherd.
Volleyball
We have offered volleyball for 3rd-5th for the past two years through a YMCA league. We hope to continue to offer it for girls up through 6th grade this coming year.
Track & Field
We compete each year at the Great Plains Lutheran High School Track meet and we hope to grow into a full track team to compete in multiple meets next year.

Fine Arts

Junior Choir
Junior Choir just completed its first season at Good Shepherd Lutheran. At GSL it is made up of 3rd-8th grade students.  Junior Choir is a unique way to glorify God with the voice. Children are first and foremost taught to use their voices as instruments of praise.  Children are also taught to read music as well as the fine details involved in being part of a choirIn its first year of existence, the Good Shepherd Lutheran Junior Choir performed three times in church, learned a choreographed song for the school’s talent show, and also had the amazing opportunity to sing the National Anthem for the Sioux Falls Stampede.
 
Junior Choir provides an extra opportunity to enjoy fellowship with one another.  While we are hard at work learning music and praising God with our voices, we also take opportunities to have fellowship activities together.  This year the Junior Choir had a movie night and enjoyed an evening jumping at Air Madness. In future years, the Junior Choir will travel to local congregations to enhance worship, look for more unique opportunities, and continue enjoying fellowship activities. 
Paint the Plow
Each Fall our school is given a plow for the cities snow plows to paint. Our art teacher leads the students through the painting process for a creative, original mural on the large blank plow “canvas”. After school for about 6 six weeks, students can opt into this art experience to have a hand in creating and to learn skills in this painting medium.
Piano
Our piano teacher offers piano lessons for any student from 2nd-8th during the school day for a fee. We will make sure any student in piano can have their lesson at a time as unobtrusive to their school schedule as possible.

Technology

Robotics

Our startup robotics program was a huge source of excitement this year for students in 5th – 8th! They used the design process to build their own robot after building from a template. Then they built and developed further to design the best robot to compete in area competitions. We competed in two competitions with many of our competitors rankings high above other teams that have been competing for a number of years already!

The competitors worked in teams to code, build, program and operate their robots. They competed at Canton High School and University of South Dakota and may be able to compete in the state tournament next year!

Summer Programs

Soccer Bible Camp
Good Shepherd has been offering a four day camp for the past five years for kids to learn soccer skills, meet others in the community, and grow in their love and knowledge of the Savior.
Summer Reading Program
Books are wonderful and we have an awesome program to grow that love children have for reading!

Academics

Geography Bee

4th-8th students put their geography knowledge to the test in this competition first through the preliminary round in the classroom and then ten finalists compete to see who will win the honor of going to the state competition.