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PaY – Philanthropy and Youth
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PaY_Panorama1 web650+ PaY students from all over the region gather to celebrate Philanthropy and Youth.

The year-end celebration was to recognize the hard work of the students involved in PaY for the school year. The non-profits that PaY received grants were also in attendance to share in the celebration.

Each school was responsible for creating a table top booth about their PaY committee: mission statement, focus groups, criteria and pictures of students. The selected two students to stand by their boards and converse with the non-profit organizations that walked through Eid. Each school also hard a part in speaking during the celebration in the Scheels Center for Performing Arts which highlighted their year in PaY and what they enjoyed, learned or their growth throughout the year. 

Our students helped welcome our guest and lead them to different locations. The total number in attendance was around 650 (includes non-profit organizations and other adult guests).

The 2018 Grover Open Registration Form
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Maple River Golf Club, Mapleton, ND
For more info call Jon Adams at 701-261-7312 or email Gina Schmacher at gina@luxurybathfargo.


9th Grade -

Siri Froiland (9th Grade):

• Marcus Bishop Botany Award
• Cargill Best Project Dealing with Farm to Fork
• Gold Medallion for State Qualifier 

8th Grade -

Bjorn Eide (8th Grade):
• Red River Communications Technology Award
• Gold Medallion for State Qualifier

Sophie Kopperud (8th Grade):
• NDSU Human Development and Family Science Best Project 

Alex Rust (8th Grade):
• Coalition for Conservation and Environmental Education
• SERSEF Display Award 1st place
• Gold Medallion for State Qualifiers   

Jake Wolf (8th Grade):
• Microsoft Best Project Utilizing Technology
• Bobcat Best Project Pertaining to Innovative Design
• ID Machine Outstanding Physical Science Project
• NDSU School of Education Best Presentation, Teaching and Explanation
• NDSU College of Engineering Best Project
• NDSU Project in Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science
• SERSEF Building and Design Award
• SERSEF Creative Investigation Award
• Broadcam Masters Rising Star Award – Qualify for National Submission
• Gold Medallion for State Qualifier

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Students at the north campus have painstakingly counted out thousands of dollars in coins in hopes of raising $5,555.00. “We'd love to raise $8,000.00 for a bus and even more to help Ricardo Armas Genesis fund his programming and Project Genesis!” said Bob Noel, Director of Service Leadership and Christian Studies.

Today we are finishing up our Penny War at Oak Grove. Our goal is to raise enough funds to purchase a bus for Project Genesis, a school we have close ties to in Guatemala. Currently, students travel to school by pickup truck. It is important that students have safe transportation to Project Genesis each day, as the walking route to Project Genesis is very unsafe because of gangs and traffickers. I admire these students, and their commitment to their learning. We'd love to remove this transportation obstacle for them. Our goal for Penny Wars at Oak Grove is $5,555.00. We'd love to raise $8,000.00 for a bus and even more to help Ricardo Armas Genesis fund his programming. Project Genesis is dedicated to serving the children of San Andres Itzapa, Guatemala in the areas of education, nutrition, and health care. Over 120 students are served by this wonderful program. In June, twenty-four representatives from Oak Grove will return to Project Genesis, hopefully with a new bus! If you would like to consider donating to this effort, please contact Bob Noel via messenger or email bob.noel@oakgrovelutheran.com. Please know that 100% of your donation will go towards a new bus with any extra going towards Project Genesis' programming needs (food, resources, rent, etc.) Over 50 Grovers have spent time at Genesis and we all vouch for the incredible mission and vision of this program! Thanks for considering.

Oak Grove student GURTARAN JOHAL selected for the ND Academic All-Star Team!

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Gurtaran Johal, Oak Grove Senior 

The 2018 North Dakota Academic All-State Teams have been selected. The high school seniors are nominated by their school principal and compete for the honor on a state-wide basis in both Class A and Class B divisions. Student selection is based on overall grade-point averages, ACT or SAT test scores, extracurricular activities, community involvement and leadership qualities. 

Gold, Silver, and Bronze Team members will be presented a certificate of merit by the North Dakota Association of Secondary School Principals. In addition, WDA Y and Forum Communications will present a medallion to each team member during a televised "Parade of Academic Champions" at the Class A Basketball Tournament in Fargo on Friday, March 9, 2018, and the Class B Boys Basketball Tournament in Bismarck on Friday, March 16, 2018.

Certificates of Merit will be sent to Honorable Mention Team members from the North Dakota Association of Secondary School Principals.

This Program is co-sponsored by the North Dakota Association of Secondary School Principals and WDAY-TV in Fargo, WDAZ-TV in Grand Forks, KBMY-TV in Bismarck, KMCY-TV in Minot and Forum Communications Companies.

Congratulations Senior Carly Benusa for being chosen as a scholarship finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Competition!
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Pictured L to R: Katie Oster, Science Teacher; Abbi Wittner, Science Teacher; 
Carly Benusa, Finalist; Nick Wright, History Teacher

Winning a National Merit Scholarship Competition depends on more than your PSAT score. Your academic record, SAT scores, extracurricular and leadership experiences, and an essay are also considered. Other factors include recommendations from your school, your school's curricula and grading system, and your state residency.

There are approximately 4.5 million Seniors in the USA. Approximately 1.6 million students enter the NMSC, and 15,000 are chosen as scholarship finalists…you do the math as to the percentage of who makes it to the finals.

Commemorating Reformation
In a celebration of Christian unity, concert choirs from Oak Grove and JPII Catholic Schools joined their voices to observe the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

Concert Choir Visits ND State Capitol
Spring 2017
Met with Governor Doug Burgum for photo.
Choir Visits State Capitol1 webOur Concert Choir was invited by Governor Burgum to sing in the Memorial Hall at the Capitol building on Monday, May 1st. Some seniors from government classes and one of our social studies teachers, Mr. Wright, joined us for this special trip. We were able to take a tour of the Heritage Center and took a behind the scenes look at the Senate, House, and Supreme Courtroom. We ended by going up to the 18th floor to have a look at all of Bismarck and the surrounding area.

Grovers travel to D.C. this week to participate in Close Up

A group of Grovers along with teacher Marc DeLorme left for an incrediable D.C. experience! They have visited museum’s and went on a night tour of D.C.'s notable land marks. On Easter Sunday, they visited Georgetown and went to the National Cathedral for an awesome service and experience. Sunday night the kids officially got “on program” and got to meet students from the other schools. Through Close-Up they’ve been doing mock Congress’, writing legislation, and have met with staffers from all three of North Dakota’s Congress members on Capitol Hill. On Thursday, the group was treated to an exclusive tour of the Pentagon with Oak Grove graduate, Brigadier General Chaplain Soljhem. They also visited Arlington cemetery, and the White House. 

Interested in Norway 2018?

Experience Norway (tentatively Trondheim, Lillehammer, Bergen, Oslo)– 10 days

Deadline to enroll on the Norway 2018 tour is February 28.  While you have missed the December discount, you can still enroll on tour.  We have approximately 15 spots remaining. 


Michelle Forness
English Department | Oak Grove Lutheran School
Inspiring Students to Impact God’s World
Office: 701.373.7112 | michelle.forness@oakgrovelutheran.com

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Time Lapse of Oak Grove Lutheran School's Blanket Day. Middle School students make 100+ blankets to give to the Ronald McDonald House in Fargo, ND.

State of the Elementary School Address
October 27, 2016

International Day_4017_webOak Grove Lutheran School Observes International Peace Day!
Wednesday September 21: Oak Grove Student Body and Staff participated in International Peace Day. This day was established in 1981 by the United Nations resolution 36/37. The general assembly has declared this day as a day devoted to, "Commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples." Peace day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.

A moving chapel conducted by Jessica McEvers, Campus Ministry director, recognized our 31 international students from 12 countries. A student from each country brought his or her own candle to the unity candle to unite as one! We as a school came together  to pray for each other and for peace worldwide. Each country shared their words of peace in their native language.

FREE My School Spirit Card
Show Your Oak Grove Pride!

Show your school spirit with a My School Spirit ATM and Check Card from Gate City Bank. Students can receive an Oak Grove Lutheran School ATM and Check Card FREE when you open a new checking account from August 29th to September 10th 2016. Gate City Bank will donate $5 to Oak Grove Lutheran School for every card ordered.

We’re ready to make your life better. Stop by a Gate City Bank location, call us, or visit www.gatecitybank.com for more information.

Oak Grove Student Creates Mural For Grover Grounds!

Oak Grove 7th grader Rania Leslie was asked to create a new mural above Grover Grounds. Watch the high speed creation! Thank you Rania and Alesha Leslie for the time and talent you put into this project!

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Oak Grove English Students Travel to Ireland, Scotland and England.
We began our trip in Ireland staying in Tralee and Dublin. We have driven the Ring of Kerry, took a jaunty cart (horse cart) through Killarney National Park, and kissed the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle. We also toured the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, toured St. Patrick's Cathedral, and Trinity College to look at the Book of Kells. 
We then traveled to Wales and Wordsworth's Lake District in England before heading to Edinburgh, Scotland. After Scotland, we took a train to London to see all of the sites like Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and The Globe Theater. Our last three days will be in Cheddar (the cheese's namesake) Glastonbury where King Arthur may be buried, Salisbury, Oxford, and The Royal Crescent in Bath. 
This tour was chosen for its deep connections to history and English literature.
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2016 Oak Grove Graduation Day
For more photos on Oak Grove Shutterfly click https://oakgrovestuff.shutterfly.com/ and scroll down the Oak Grove Shutterfly Home page.

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Photo above taken by Cheryl Muir, Oak Grove parent

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Oak Grove Students Organize Citywide "Day Of Service".
KVRR covered the story following the students 

May, 20, 2016
Oak Grove Lutheran School students organized a special city-wide "Day of Service" with 15 organizations in need of volunteer services. Students volunteered at the Great Plains Food Bank, the Salvation Army, Dakota Boys Ranch, The Arc, Imagine Thriving, homeless shelters, nursing homes and other sites around the area.  

While the high school students worked off campus with these organizations, the middle school students were on campus baking cookies and creating special cards for U.S soldiers and the homeless in our community. In addition, Middle School students planted flowers to improve the north campus school grounds.

Student Body President Elected

Tom burgumThis year’s run for the office of Student Body President had seven candidates in contention. During Thursday's chapel juniors Mari Aaker, Jackson Adams, Thomas Burgum, Emily Card, Taranvir Johal, Isaac Noel, and Alexander Rothfusz each gave a 5 minute speech outlining their campaign for progress and growth in the 2016-17 school year.

The students sequestered themselves for voting shortly after chapel. A second runoff vote was needed between the two top candidates in order to get a majority vote. When the votes were tallied, Tom Burgum was elected as the 2016-17 Student Body President. Mr. Burgum accepted the position and remarked, “I am looking forward to working together with the students and faculty next year, thank you.”  

Photo left to right: Alexander Rothfusz, Taranvir Johal, Thomas Burgum, Mari Aaker, Emily Card, Jackson Adams, Isaac Noel


Accreditation And Why It's Important to Oak Grove

If you scroll down to the bottom of the Oak Grove webpage, there is a statement tat reads in part: "Oak Grove Lutheran School is a private school offering grades pre-K to 12. The school's rich Lutheran heritage dates back to 196. NCA/AdvancED accreditation since 1926 reflects the school's long history of high academic standards." Education accreditation is a process in which the quality of the institution is evaluated by not only the stakeholders of the institution, but also a group of people put together by an accrediting agency. 

Together, the evaluators determine if a set of standards are met, and if so, the institution is accredited. There are several accrediting agencies in the U.S., and the agency that accredits Oak Grove Lutheran School is now called AdvancED. AdvancED is the largest community of education professionals in the world, conducting rigorous on-site external reviews of preK-12 schools to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. Their goal is to help schools improve.

Why all the information on AdvancED and accreditation?  Well, Oak Grove’s accreditation is coming due next year. That means that we will get a chance to conduct some research on what is going right in our school, what are areas of growth for us as a school, and what our future may hold. Next fall, we will be conducting in-depth internal reviews into all aspects of our school. We will be formulating a plan based on our findings, and moving forward with excitement to our external review date. 

During our external review, a little over a year from now, a group of educators from around the state will come into our school and conduct the same review over the course of 2 days. They will talk to many people, sit in on several classes, and make suggestions for improvement within our school. Armed with this information, we will go into our future with strong ideas for our continued excellence.

Over the course of this spring, we will be discussing each section of the AdvancED accreditation tool and what you can expect from the process. Then, next fall, you all will be asked to take a survey online to give your input as to our strengths as well as our areas of needed growth. We are excited to begin this process, and we look forward to working with you over the course of the next year. 

The Oak Grove Hall of Fame committee is asking for your input.

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Help Nominate Deserving Hall of Fame Inductees

The Oak Grove Hall of Fame committee is asking for your input. The committee is asking for your help in nominating  deserving individuals you feel worthy of being selected into the school’s hall of fame. Selected individuals are inducted at Homecoming and receive a plaque that hangs on the Oak Grove Wall of Distinction with past Hall of Fame and Living the Mission recipients.

The Oak Grove Hall of Fame recognizes alumni, faculty, staff and coaches who exemplify the spirit, integrity and mission of Oak Grove Lutheran School. Those who have made significant contributions and have brought honor to Oak Grove Lutheran School are eligible for selection.  Please email Carrie Pierce at carrie.pierce@oakgrovelutheran.com with your nomination and supporting statement. We greatly appreciate your help!

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The Oak Grove Experience

Shared values, much like a mission statement, are meant to be timeless in their reflection of the organization’s character and culture. When Oak Grove is shining brightest, when we are at our best, the atmosphere and culture that carries us to those heights should be most clearly seen through the shared values.

                                                            – Mike Slette, President, Oak Grove