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Educating the Whole Child: Mind

When I think of LuHi, it is impossible to consider it one-dimensionally. Instead, I see it through the lens of my myriad connections to this place: as a product of it (proud class of ‘98 alumnus!), as a school leader, and as a prospective parent (my daughters are currently in 1st and 4th grade). There are so many schools on Long Island, terrific ones at that, so why LuHi? In considering our mission - a Christ-centered, college-preparatory school that educates in body, mind, and spirit - I will take on a different piece of our mission in this series of blog posts aimed at exploring what sets LuHi apart. Today, I focus on mind. 

LuHi is, first and foremost, a school. Defined, a school is “an institution for the teaching of children” (Merriam-Webster). From grades six through twelve, LuHi’s academic programming focuses on preparation for higher education, as indicated by our mission statement. How do we do this?

Meet Ms. Palmer!

We are excited to introduce our new LuHi Faculty and Staff members for the 2021-22 school year! This week, we introduce Middle School World Language teacher, Ms. Vanessa Palmer. Read on to learn more about her!

Meet Ms. Nicholson!

We are excited to introduce our new LuHi Faculty and Staff members for the 2021-22 school year! This week, we introduce Ms. Nicole Nicholson. Ms. Nicholson is teaching 7th grade English, MS and HS Religion, and our new Theatre elective. Read on to learn more about her!

Meet Ms. Stevenson!

We are excited to introduce our new LuHi Faculty and Staff members for the 2021-22 school year! This week, we introduce High School History teacher, Ms. Kerry Stevenson. Read on to learn more about her!

Selecting Courses

It’s that time of year again: the time when we begin to plan and prepare for a new school year. For students, this means engaging in selecting courses for the upcoming year. Read on for some helpful tips from Mrs. Raba and our guidance team for selecting courses and pathways!

Advanced Sports Medicine

Each year, LuHi offers new elective courses. These courses help students learn new skills, broaden their interests, and think critically about new topics. This week, we are highlighting a new Semester 2 course here at LuHi - Advanced Sports Medicine.

LuHi Celebrates College Week!

Each November, LuHi's Guidance Department hosts a College Week. Trivia, raffles, and a day to wear college shirts are just part of the celebration. The counselors also use this week to encourage seniors to complete their applications and submit to the colleges of their choice, and to get underclassmen thinking about where they might want to study when they graduate LuHi. 

New Year, New Faces - Part 3

In Part 3 of our "New Year, New Faces" series, we are excited to introduce you to Dr. Ethan Reed and Mrs. Elisa Bruno! Read on to learn more about these talented new faculty members!

Yearbook Club Captures A Unique Year at LuHi

"I know it's a tough year for LuHi, for everybody, and the obstacles which the Yearbook Club faces this year are also hard. However, I still wish to do my best to create a special and memorable yearbook for LuHi" - Felicia '21
Read on to learn more about the extremely dedicated and passionate members of our Legenda Yearbook club!

International Students Return "Home" To LuHi

"Going back to LuHi doesn't just mean going back to school and studying, but also reconnecting to the place that inspires and supports me a lot. It feels fantastic to be back." Read on to hear more from our International students, who face many unique challenges as they keep up with their classes and start to return to campus.

New Year, New Faces - Part 2

In Part 2 of our "New Year, New Faces" series, we are excited to introduce you to Mr. Noah Smitelli and Mrs. Kasey Hughes! Read on to learn more about these talented new faculty members!


New Year, New Faces - Part 1

Over this past summer, we welcomed many new faces to LuHi’s teaching staff. We are so excited to introduce our new faculty members to you in this series throughout the next few weeks. Today, we are excited to feature Mr. Joseph Barracato and Ms. Olivia Pierson! Read on to get to know Mr. Barracato and Ms. Pierson a little better. 

A Message from LuHi

On Monday, June 1, LuHi’s Head of School John Buck sent a note to the community about the current events in our country. Click the link below to read more.

Teacher Appreciation Week 2020

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Our LuHi teachers are just amazing. In today's blog post, we are sharing some sentiments from the school leadership team and department chairs about the incredible, dedicated, and talented professionals that educate our students in body, mind, and spirit every day. Be sure to check out the video in the post as well. Thank you LuHi teachers - we love you!

Introducing Coach Christina Raiti

LuHi is excited to introduce Christina Raiti as the head coach of the Girls Varsity Basketball team. Coach Raiti is a former LuHi Crusader basketball player, and graduated from LuHi in 2012. She replaces Coach Rich Slater, who led the Crusaders to four New York State Federation titles during his 12 year tenure. Read on to learn more about Coach Raiti!

World Language Week 2020

Explore a Language: The World Needs You! is the theme for National Foreign Language Week 2020. Read on to find out how we will celebrate the week here at LuHi!

LuHi Robotics Team Prepares and Reflects

This weekend, LuHi's Robotics Team will compete in the Long Island Championship for FIRST Tech Challenge. In this week's vlog, the three seniors reflect on their favorite memories, their emergence as team leaders, and their hopes for the future of the LuHi Robotics program.

A Reflection for Ash Wednesday

Today in chapel, we will celebrate Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Read on for more from Vicar Schoepflin about Ash Wednesday and the upcoming Lenten season.

Introducing Coach Ryland Huyghue

LuHi is excited to welcome Ryland Huyghue to the LuHi coaching family! Coach Huyghue will serve as head coach for our Girls Varsity Lacrosse team this year. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to LuHi. He looks forward to both working with LuHi's current team as they start practices for the 2020 season next week, and also helping the program grow and thrive in the years to come.

Catching up with LuHi's AP Seminar Class

AP Capstone is a two year program, where students take AP Seminar during their junior year, and AP Research during their senior year. Currently, 5 LuHi juniors are enrolled in LuHi's first AP Seminar course. In today's blog and vlog post, the students shared about their first AP performance task, their favorite aspects of the class, and more!

Helping Build Better Humans

It's National School Counseling Week, and the theme this year is "School Counselors: Helping Build Better Humans”. The goal of this week is to focus attention on the unique contribution of school counselors in schools, highlighting the impact school counselors can have on students. Read on to hear more about how LuHi's counselors help "build better humans" each day!

Serving our Neighbors in 2020

As we begin a new semester, it feels as though the 19-20 school year is flying by! Keeping our theme of "Light" in mind (John 8:12), our Campus Ministry team will provide multiple chances for our students to spread the light of Jesus to those around us during the spring semester. Read on as we highlight the many services opportunities here at LuHi in 2020!

Students Lead Courses During Beyond Boundaries

It is Beyond Boundaries week here at LuHi, and our students are engaged in a wide variety of courses. This year, LuHi students are teaching Beyond Boundaries courses in record numbers. 15 students are sharing their expertise and passions, teaching everything from Taekwondo to Cooking to Event Planning. Read on, and check out of vlog, for more on our student-led classes.

Ms. Anez Comes "Home" to LuHi

We are so excited to share LuHi alum Liz Anez has returned to LuHi as a member of our teaching faculty! Liz graduated from LuHi in 2015, and currently teaches 7th and 8th grade Social Studies. Read on to get to know Ms. Anez a little better.

LuHi Wrestling

The LuHi wrestlers are off to a great start to their season. Read on as coach Rob Waters shares a little more about the wrestlers, their successes so far, and what they are looking forward to for the remainder of the season.

Two Blogs for Christmas

Merry Christmas! This week, we feature two student blog posts that reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. Read on to hear from two of our 10th grade students - Cassandra and Charlotte.

Welcome to LuHi, Ms. Reynolds!

We are thrilled to introduce Ms. Allyson Reynolds, who joined the LuHi teaching faculty this December. Ms. Reynolds is currently teaching 6th grade Religion, middle school Health, and Physical Education on both the middle school and high school level. Read on to get to know Ms. Reynolds a little better!

Do You Love Math? We Do!

Problem solving skills are integral to future career success, and LuHi's Mathletes programs provide time and space to engage in such meaningful work within the context of math. Read on to learn about these valuable programs and their accomplishments!

Y Moments

Decision-making can be tough for adolescents. In this week's blog post, LuHi Principal Jessica Raba shares about the concept of "Y Moments" and the question "What is your WHY" as a possible framework for discussing decision-making with kids.

Thanksgiving Stories

Thanksgiving is a time to pause, reflect, and appreciate the many blessings that we have. In addition to giving thanks, this holiday is one full of family and traditions. This week, our Multimedia Journalism students are taking over our blog to share some of their personal favorite Thanksgiving memories.

We hope you enjoy these accounts of memorable past Thanksgiving celebrations. Happy Thanksgiving from the LuHi family!

Parent/Teacher Conference Tips

‘Tis the season! Parent-teacher conferences are around the corner. These short meetings provide a terrific opportunity to further develop the partnership between home and school. Since the meetings are brief, and you’ll be meeting with multiple teachers, allow us to offer you some tips to make the most of your time with your child’s teachers.

A Look at LuHi Internships: Development Office

One way that LuHi helps students prepare for college and career is through a variety of in-school internships. These internship experiences allow students to work closely with the various offices that make up our school, such as admissions, marketing, and development. In today's blog post, we caught up with Joangela, who is our development office intern. She shared what she has been working on as we gear up for our biggest fundraising event of the year, the Bid For Kids Auction! Read on to see what Joangela has been working on this semester.

Preparing our Students for the Future

It's College Week here at LuHi! This week-long celebration is just one way that our Guidance department works with our students on the college process throughout their LuHi career. In fact, as early as 6th grade, our students begin researching colleges and learning what it takes to get accepted to a great school! Our co-directors of Guidance, Mrs. Kelly Walters and Mrs. Kim Kuck, share below how we prepare our students for success after LuHi.

Previewing Radium Girls

LuHi's Drama Club's Fall production - Radium Girls - opens this weekend! The cast and crew, under the direction of Rev. Justin Vetrano, have been practicing and preparing for this production since the first week of school. They can't wait to share this important and fascinating story with the LuHi community, so please plan on attending one of the shows this weekend. For a sneak peak at what you can expect, check out our video blog.

Preparing for Quarterly Assessments

Over the next two weeks, LuHi students will take their first quarterly assessments of the 2019-2020 school year. These assessments are considered a snapshot of a student’s progress in each of their classes, and are offered at the end of each academic quarter. Read on for some advice on preparing for the upcoming assessments from Mrs. Angela Loomis, LuHi’s Reading and Study Skills Teacher.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM for short). As more and more of what we do each day exists online, we need to constantly monitor and prevent security threats to our accounts and electronic devices. Below are three ways that you can stay safe online, courtesy of staysafeonline.org:

Catching up with Mrs. Cunningham

Last May, Mrs. Louise Cunningham turned in her bookstore keys and announced her retirement. Mrs. Cunningham, or “Nana” as she was called fondly by many of her students, was part of the LuHi community for 34 years!  Let’s catch up with Mrs. Cunningham as we prepare to celebrate her during our Homecoming festivities this weekend!

Coffee with the Principals

A week ago today, we welcomed about a dozen parents to our first Coffee with the Principals event. Designed to offer an informal platform for discussion and learning about topics of interest to families, our first event focused on strengthening the connection between home and school. As we shared ideas and anecdotes, the conversation yielded a few helpful take-aways that we would love to share with our entire community. Read on, below:

Get to Know our New Athletic Trainer

Mr. Tim Prohinsie, a LuHi graduate from the class of 1989, recently began his first year as LuHi's athletic trainer.  In today's post, Tim shares a little more about himself, his memories of LuHi, and his role here as athletic trainer.

The LuHi Retreat Experience

You may be wondering - what exactly happens on a LuHi retreat, and what makes each retreat so special? Vicar Adam Schoepflin, Mr. Tony Colangelo, and our Student Body President Gaurav break down the LuHi retreat sequence, and share some tips to get the most out of the experience.

A Devotion for 9/11

Today at LuHi we will pray for the victims of the September 11 attacks, their families, and the first responders that rushed in to help. Read on for a devotion from our Campus Ministry Director, Vicar Adam Schoepflin.

A Welcome Letter from Mrs. Raba

Mrs. Jessica Raba, LuHi's Principal, is so excited to welcome our students as we kick off the 2019-2020 school year. Read on as she shares some words of encouragement for the student body!

Fall Sports Preview

With the cooler temperatures of the last few days, it is really starting to feel less like summer and more like autumn. The change of season ushers in many exciting things, including a new athletics season! Read on for some highlights of each of our fall interscholastic sports teams, as shared by LuHi’s Athletic Director Mr. Todd Huebner, including key games, matches, and meets where you can come cheer on your LuHi Crusaders!

Meet our Student Body President!

Gaurav has been a member of the LuHi family since September 2013, when he entered LuHi as a 6th grader. Over the years, he has been involved in many LuHi activities. He is a HART (Helping and Reaching Teens) member, a member of the Boys Varsity Soccer Team, and also participates in Mathletes. He currently serves as the Student Body President. Let’s get to know President Gaurav a little better!

5 LuHi Events to Look Forward to in 2019-2020

There is much to be excited about as we look ahead to the upcoming 2019-2020 school year here at LuHi. Some traditions, like prom and grade-level retreats, are rites of passage for specific grade levels. Check out our list of 5 exciting school-wide events that are coming your way in 19-20!

AP Capstone Comes to LuHi

This past year, we announced that LuHi had been approved to offer AP Capstone, a two-course program that develops students’ skills in research, analysis, evidence-based arguments, collaboration, writing, and presenting. Please read on to learn more about a course sequence we are thrilled to roll out beginning this year!

Faculty Summer Update Part 2

Summer is a time of professional growth and learning for LuHi's faculty. While all faculty members participate in professional development sessions before the start of the new school year, many teachers pursue additional learning opportunities during the summer months. Keep on reading to see what some of our dedicated faculty members have been learning during the summer of 2019!

LuHi Football: A Bigger Message

As the end of summer approaches, our athletics teams are gearing up for the fall season. Mr. Chris Reno, our Varsity Football coach, shares in this post about the positive trajectory of the LuHi football program, both on and off the field.

Parent Perspective: Angela Abend

We are thrilled to welcome long-time LuHi parent, Mrs. Angela Abend, to the blog today! Parents have a unique perspective on the LuHi experience, and we believe the blog platform is a perfect way to learn more from our families. Without further adieu, we introduce Mrs. Abend!

Faculty Summer Updates

Each summer, LuHi’s faculty members pursue many interesting endeavors both locally and beyond. For our first blog post, let’s check in with some of our teachers to see what they are up to!

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Long Island Lutheran Middle & High School is a Christ-centered, college-preparatory school whose mission is to glorify God by educating young people in body, mind, and spirit.