2014-15 Portal Subscription

$75 - Early Childhood, Preschool, Elementary, Middle or High School


Lutheran School Portal members receive access to: 

  • Monthly School/Early Childhood Mailings - current and archived issues
  • National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) materials
  • Premium Services - discounted rates (open ordering period available each semester)
  • LEIF Search Rights - activated by District in 60-day increments
  • School Statistics - easy access to submit yearly report
  • 21st Century, Excellent Lutheran School and Common Core resources
  • Living Curriculum
  • The Financial Calculator (Budget Planning Tool)
  • Groups, discussion boards, project boards
  • National and district information

For more information, contact annette.woehlke@lcms.org

NLSA Best Practice Webinars

LCMS School Ministry in cooperation with CUW Office of Continuing and Distance Education conduct monthly NLSA Best Practice Webinars. These webinars provide great opportunities for staff development.

Advanced registration or a password are not required.  Simply sign in with your name at: 


 Concordia Lutheran High School, Tomball, TX

NLSA Best Practices Article:  Concordia Lutheran High School, Tomball, TX 

Webinar: 4:00 pm Central Time

May 6:  Global Embrace 

May 13:  Fame – Freshmen Achieving More Excellence 

Recordings of the 2013-14 webinars are available on the Lutheran School Portal home page.

Archived records from previous years are located under the NLSA tab.

2014 National Lutheran Schools Week

"Our schools are amazing incubators for faithful witness of God’s love for us through Christ

by teachers and students alike." (Terry Schmidt, Director of Schools)

NLSW 2014 Theme: Witness Always - Raising Up Faithful Disciples

Theme Songs:  Sharing the Caring Christ (by Lana Gibbons) and Rise, Shine, You People (LSB 825)

Worship and Resource Manual: Includes theme songs, chapel talk, daily Scripture investigations and eyewitness interviews, early childhood options, faculty devotions, resources from ministry partners. 

 NLSW 2014 Worship and Resource Manual

 NLSW 2014 Poster  

 NLSW 2014 Insert

 NLSW 2014 Graphic


National Lutheran Schools Week will focus on the three-fold emphasis of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

January 26 – February 1, 2014: Witness Always - Raising Up Faithful Disciples

“For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree.” 1 John 5:7-8

January 25 – January 31, 2015: Mercy Forever
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 (ESV)

January 24 – January 30, 2016: Life Together
“God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:9 (ESV)

Witness, Mercy, Life Together — In Christ, for the Church and the World: These three phrases illustrate how the church lives and works together to proclaim the Gospel and to provide for our brothers and sisters in Christ in our congregations, communities and throughout the world. In all we do, Christ is at the center, leading us, sustaining us, keeping us focused.

CU Nebraska's Early Childhood Conf

SAVE THE DATE: June 18, 2014 

Concordia University Nebraska’s Early Childhood Conference 

Theme: Playing by the Rules

Professional development for those who serve young children ages birth through 2nd grade:

• Faith development  • Discipline and guidance  • Literacy, math, and science activities  • Partnering with families

• Assessment  • Project Approach  • Nebraska provider’s “Safe with You” training  • And much, much more

Keynote Speaker: Diane Trister Dodge - Play in the Age of Outcomes: The Power of a Comprehensive Curriculum & Ongoing Assessment

Diane Trister Dodge, MS, is the founder and president of Teaching Strategies, Inc., a company dedicated to improving the quality of early childhood programs by providing resources in curriculum, assessment, professional development and family connections. She is the lead author of The Creative Curriculum® and many other Teaching Strategies® resources which are widely used in Head Start, childcare and pre-k programs around the world. 

Luncheon Speaker: Deb Stroh -  As a Rule...

Deb Stroh’s professional career spans 42 years and includes experience as an educator, artist, administrator, speaker and author. She enjoys working with all ages to help them identify their God-given talents. Her life mission of “serving others in Christ to reach beyond” leads her to help children discover their potential and celebrate life.

Cost: $43 per person for conference (Additional $12 for lunch)

Contact: Professor Annette Oliver 800-535-5494, ext. 7474 Email: Annette.Oliver@cune.edu

Watch for registration mailing in April!

Concordia University - 800 North Columbia Avenue - Seward, Nebraska 68434

In His Hands

We are happy to announce the release of the 2013 edition of In His Hands. This is a resource manual for starting, expanding or improving a Christ-centered early childhood development ministry.



In His Hands (downloadable, pdf)

3rd Edition, ©2013

Product ID S08669-E



Initially, this resource will be available in electronic (pdf) format only. The hard copy edition will be released in 2014.

Our thanks and appreciation to the many, many  hands involved in this extensive revision project. 

2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools


The LCMS was well represented at the 2013 Blue Ribbon ceremony in Washington D.C.

Three LCMS Elementary schools were recognized as 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools

Messiah Lutheran School - St. Charles, Mo. 

Our Redeemer Lutheran School - Wauwatosa, Wisc.

St. Peter Lutheran School - Arlington Heights, Ill.

Blue Ribbon


U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan  announced 286 schools as the 2013 cohort of National Blue Ribbon Schools, based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in improving student academic achievement. Secretary Duncan made this year's announcement live via the Department's USTREAM channel http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/39189722, viewed by recognized principals, teachers, and students assembled

The Department honored 236 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 18-19 in Washington, D.C. In its 31-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on nearly 7,500 of America's schools.
 across the country.

"Excellence in education matters and we should honor the schools that are leading the way to prepare students for success in college and careers," said Secretary Duncan. "National Blue Ribbon schools represent examples of educational excellence, and their work reflects the belief that every child in America deserves a world-class education."

The National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students' levels of achievement.

National Distinguished Principal

Thomas W. Wrege, principal of Trinity Lutheran School, Utica, Mich., and Michael Rottmann, principal of Rockford Lutheran Academy, Rockford, Ill. are among 61 “National Distinguished Principals” chosen by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) for 2013.

Thomas Wrege has been a Lutheran educator for 29 years, first as a teacher and later as a principal. Before coming to Trinity in 2008, he served other Lutheran schools in Michigan, Indiana and Pennsylvania. In addition, he is both a graduate and a mentor of LCMS School Leadership and Development (SLED), a program that equips Lutheran educators to become school administrators.

During his tenure at Trinity, Wrege has been instrumental in transforming the school’s culture and instituting a Gospel-based discipline policy. By opening a child care, adding a gifted program and improving the curriculum, Trinity’s enrollment has grown by 27 percent since 2008 — a turnaround after nearly a decade of decline.

We are very proud of Tom and his many accomplishments related to school leadership.


Michael Rottmann is currently in his 19th year as a Lutheran educator.  Before being called as principal at Rockford Lutheran Academy, he served other Lutheran schools in Wisconsin.  He continues to find ways to enhance the education of others by serving on the Northern Illinois District Teachers Conference committee.  He has served on several NLSA visitation teams, and will be leading his first team this spring. 

During his short time at RLA he has implemented a new testing system as well as enhanced the reading curriculum, by making the transition to Guided Reading.  In order to ensure that the students benefit from their instruction, his teaching staff continues to embrace learning. 

Rottmann enjoys working with those entrusted to his care and will continue to look to the Lord for guidance as he enhances the educational experiences for God’s children. 

We congratulate him on receiving this honor and pray that God continues to be a blessing to him and those whom he touches on a daily basis.  

Concordia International School Shanghai

    Openings anticipated at Concordia International School Shanghai for 2014-15

    MS/HS Librarian, HS Math, Director of Operations 


Potential: Early Primary Classroom, Upper Primary Classrooms 

MS Humanities, MS Math/Science, MS/HS Music, MS or HS PE, MS or HS Art

HS Physics Teacher, HS Humanities Teacher, Drama Teacher


To find out more go to: http://www.concordiashanghai.org/about-concordia/employment/job-postings or write to recruitment@concordiashanghai.org 

Classical Lutheran Education

The Consortium for Classical and Lutheran Education (www.CCLE.org)


For more information:  CCLEXIV_Promo_Page


Schedule:  CCLE_XIV_Schedule_Update

Owen's Mission

A Mission opportunity for Lutheran School offerings.


The goal of this project is to honor Jesus by presenting a set of Touch of Life fetal models to every Lutheran elementary and high school in the country.  We want students to understand the God-given value of each life from the moment of conception.


To learn more about this project, click here to read the article:  School_Flyer_Proofed_Final_2014.pdf 

Premium Services

Partnerships with Rosetta Stone, Brain POP, and Arts Attack are continuing for the 2014-15 school year. 

New this year, all subscription orders and renewals will be processed by the individual companies.  Schools are eligible for a discounted rate with the partnerships.  The contacts to secure a new or renewed subscription for Rosetta Stone, Arts Attack, and BrainPOP are listed below.  When contacting the vendors, ask for the LCMS Group Discount.


Rosetta Stone:

   Jonathan Holder

   Field Territory Manager


   1919 North Lynn Street, 7th Floor

   Arlington, VA  22209


   P   800.788.0822  x7942

   F   540.437.2843

For more information about Rosetta Stone, click here:  2014_Rosetta_Stone


Arts Attack:

   Arts Attack Publications

   4615 Rancho Reposo

   Del Mar, CA  92014


   P    888.760.2787

   F    858.481.3959


Brain POP

   Alicia M. Cooper

   District Relations Manager



   71 West 23rd Street, 17th Floor

   New York, NY  10010

   P   212.574.6035

   F   866.867.6629


For more information contact Rebecca Schmidt at rebecca.schmidt@lcms.org or at 314-996-1716.

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