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Changes and Preparation for 2019-20 School Year

Hello Concordia,

Blessings on your summer holiday that it is filled with peace and joy. My prayers are with our students traveling in, near, and far away from The Fort on service trips and family vacations. To those providing service with their church youth groups - thank you for making a difference in the lives of others. Concordia also has a number of students attending the LCMS National Youth Gathering in Minneapolis July 11-15. Enjoy and celebrate our Real. Present. God. with 20,000+ youth in this awesome event! Concordia is blessed by the partnership of churches and youth groups that provide support and love to our families.

The excitement of the past school year also brings a reality that not everyone will be back on campus in August for the new school year. After the school year ended we learned that two of our beloved teachers are moving away from Concordia:

Mr. Chris Brune, World History Teacher and Assistant Football Coach, announced his Call acceptance to St. Peter’s Lutheran School (Fort Wayne). We are sad to see Mr. Brune depart from the classroom and hallways of Concordia Lutheran High School, but know with confidence, that he will be a blessing as Principal at St. Peters. 

Mrs. Lizette Pierce, Spanish Teacher, will be moving back home to Arizona as her husband will become the athletic director at a high school near their hometown. Mrs. Pierce has brought tremendous joy and enthusiasm to our school community in her teaching style and love for all-things Concordia. 

Thank you Mr. Brune and Mrs. Pierce for being servants and leaders to our students and families through your years of teaching and coaching at Concordia! God’s Peace be with you!

Concordia continues to be blessed by its alumni who desire and choose to serve in our school community. During his recent retirement speech to the Concordia faculty and staff, Mr. Chris Gieschen asked all of the CLHS Alumni in the group of teachers, staff, and their spouses to stand. Nearly 35% of the people stood. Tremendous commitment and hope for our school. This desire to be in the Concordia Community continues as 3½ of the five new teachers joining Concordia in August 2019, are graduates of Concordia Lutheran High School. 

A few notes of news and new teacher introductions for the 2019-20 school year:

Schedule: Concordia will keep the same time schedule in 2019-20. Academic classes begin at 8:40 AM on A/B Days. Academic classes begin at 8:00 AM on C/D/E days. CLHS 2019-20 Student Schedules

Ms. Kim Nash is our new Guidance Department Director beginning July 1. Ms. Nash will continue to serve students H-M.

Ms. Stephanie Marks, has added Testing Coordinator, to her responsibilities in the Media Information Center and as Assistant Athletic Director. As Testing Coordinator, Ms. Marks will oversee AP, iStep, ASVAB, and other testing services Concordia administers.

Mrs. Vicki Ober, who has been the Guidance Department Director for many years, has retired from full-time employment at Concordia. Mrs. Ober will continue to serve part-time at Concordia through December 2019, advising us on Graduation Pathways and Advanced Placement (AP) developments that are ongoing. Mr. Michael Campbell will now serve students N-Z. Thank you Mrs. Ober for your service and leadership in our Guidance Department in your long-standing ministry at Concordia. 

Band Teacher: Mrs. Jennifer (Reynolds) Porath is Concordia’s new Director of Bands. Mrs. Porath has been teaching instrumental band at Lutheran South HS and their elementary/middle schools in St. Louis, Missouri. Jennifer (Reynolds) Porath is a graduate from Concordia University Nebraska, and a 2012 graduate from our Concordia Lutheran High School. 

Science Teachers: Mr. Brian Loesel and Mrs. Jenny (Keck) Wade are our two new Science Teachers for 2019-2020. 

Mr. Brian Loesel comes to us from St. Charles, Missouri, via Concordia University Wisconsin where he completed is M.S in Education. Mr. Loesel also has a degree in Exercise and Movement Science from Missouri State University.

Mrs. Jenny (Keck) Wade is a 2006 CLHS Graduate, with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Education degree, both from Kent State. Mrs. Wade most recently taught at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Fort Wayne.

Social Studies Teacher: Mr. Peter Hoffman is our new World History Teacher. Mr. Hoffman brings 25 years of teaching and ministry experience to Concordia. For the past seven years, Mr. Hoffman has been serving as an educator in Tunisia on the continent of Africa and return to Fort Wayne following their post. Mr. Hoffman’s wife, Brenda (Kiess) Hoffman, is a CLHS Graduate. Peter and Brenda were active through education and social ministry programs in Tunisia, a Muslim dominated culture. 

Theology Teacher: Rev. Theodore Hoham is our newest Theology Teacher, having recently graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne. Rev Hoham is also a CLHS Graduate, who attended the US Army Academy at West Point, served as an officer in the US Army, and continues serving as a US Army Chaplain. Rev. Hoham is the husband of Concordia Teacher, Mrs. Lizzy Hoham.

Students and Parents, if you haven’t done so yet, you may view your Semester 2 Report Cards via Concordia’s OnCampus app. Please contact the school office if you need login assistance, or the course teacher if you have questions about a specific class.

Go Concordia!

Patrick Frerking