Meyer Moments

MeyerThe following pieces are written by Dave Meyer, Head of School, for our weekly updates. You will find all of Mr. Meyer’s notes for the year with the most recent at the top. If you’d like to be included in the weekly emails, please click on info@seattlelutheran.org to let us know.

 

9/15/13

First start, second start – Great Start!
We implemented a new school start procedure this year and are impressed with the students’ attendance and focus on their needs as learners. It is interesting to see the United States Secretary of Education say that high schools should start later.http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2013/09/05/Education-secretary-Start-school-later-in-day/UPI-92611378364400/
One place to measure student focus is in the classroom environment; teachers report that students are engaged, focused and attentive in classes. Many students participate in our early start, too, allowing them to set their own pace to the day which reflects many work environments in today’s world. Students choosing the second start are diving right into course work and learning. Thank you to everyone for your support of and participation in this scheduling change. We will continue to measure information and gather feedback in order to ensure we are meeting the needs of our students.Student focused is one of our three core values. We need your help to focus on students so please feel free to share your thoughts, ideas and concerns with us.

In Him,
Dave Meyer
Executive Director

 

9/8/13

We have a glitch!
This is a statement I was prepared to hear about our iPad implementation, not the school bells. Sure enough, the day before school we were told to insert a fuse into our bell system to update the system. As soon as we inserted the fuse, bells rang uncontrollably and the entire system failed.  Imagine beginning school with no bells. What to do?  We now use iPads to stay on schedule. What a great tool in so many different ways!
This first week of classes our students are models of respectful behavior and are eager to learn! We adults are encouraged by our talented and energetic students and want to thank the parents, families and friends who support our students. We are truly blessed with a fantastic student body.
In Him,
Dave Meyer

 

9/1/13

Leaders not followers. This thought came to me while driving home after the BBQ and Registration events this week. I took the long way home to reflect on the greatness of every individual student and family who God has brought to our school community this year.

Seattle Lutheran High School is a global community; we have many international students in our community. Young adults come here to build success in their lives and to become leaders in their own way. Our students are leaders in our classrooms, playing fields and courts, stages, and their churches and communities What a joy to be involved with leaders of the future.

Thank you for entrusting us with your students.

In Him,
Dave Meyer

 

8/25/13

Climbing up the side of a mountain in Lake Chelan last week was an awakening of how great our God is. I was blown away by the majesty of the mountain and the deep blue sky that afternoon that lit up the water.  We truly have a great God who built the world and who cares and loves us every day. An example of this closer to home is the greatness that happened this week as the staff gathered together to begin the 2013-14 school year. God has built a puzzle using pieces from California to Seattle. I know His greatness is shown when we have alumni wanting to come back here and teach in this environment because they know the impact it has had on their life and want to share this with others.  His greatness is delivered to us daily through our world and through the people He puts in our path. Please understand you are part of this greatness that He has designed for Seattle Lutheran High School. I truly believe He has each person planned for this place, for this time, each one known and loved by Him.
While waiting to pick up my son from his first football practice yesterday, a parent shared a story about how God had provided for them to make the sacrifice financially to be at Seattle Lutheran High School and how this was and is confirmation that their child is in the right place. I think this is the greatest of all, His individual love for us that puts us in a place where we could not imagine, like a side of a mountain, and He says, “trust me.”

In Him,
Dave Meyer

8/18/13

Don’t you just love those parent moments? A mom was sharing a story with me on Wednesday about how trusting children can be. This child was ready to celebrate a birthday and was absolutely convinced they were celebrating festivities at Costco. The trust that comes with parenting is truly an awesome responsibility. I am sure that God knew what He was doing when He gave me my three children, but I am not sure I know what I am doing all the time.  This is where the incredible gift of Grace enters the picture, His love given to me undeserved. The children here remind us of this daily. Their trust, love and caring for the teachers is underserved but authentic. Thank you for sharing with us and trusting us with your “greatest gift” your children. It is great to have those parent moments that allow us to be reminded of the things we can learn from a child. The children we serve are special; as I sit here writing this listening to amazing stories of joys of parenting, I do understand it is a sacrifice that we all share, trusting in Him.

In Him,
Dave Meyer

8/11/13

Every once in a while you get an email that you have to share. This note from Greta Thode, parent of two alumni and grandmother of an alumna, hit my inbox last Tuesday. Actions speak louder than words.

Dave -I wanted to let all of you know what a great job Nick Lidstrom, Peter Fisher, Robert Richmond and JJ Young (freshman as Shorewood Christian our partner school for football) did this past Saturday night. As you may have been aware, I had asked Shawne Lidstrom if she could possibly round up a few football players to assist myself and Margaret Walker with a wedding reception. These boys did an incredible job!
They arrived punctual and ready to work. They were sweating right along with the rest of us! They worked tirelessly for over 4 hours.   
Feedback from some of the attendees were comments like, ”Where did you find those kids? They did such a good job. Those were the nicest boys……”
I am very proud of them and they represented SLHS Football very well! I was honored to respond that they are students from Seattle Lutheran High School and that they ARE the BEST kids.

God continues to bless us with a terrific group of young adults and relationships, like the one we have with Shorewood Christian School; we are humbled and in awe of His love.

In Him,
Dave Meyer

8/4/13

I have to admit it was a great evening with parents during the Principal on the Patio event last Thursday. I was truly encouraged by comments and the support of our students and the ministry here at Seattle Lutheran High School. It is important for everyone to be aware that change is difficult and with that comes many unknowns and challenges. As we discussed this on the patio, I realized that this is true of any new venture, new car purchase, and especially as we begin this new era here at Seattle Lutheran High School. I am becoming more aware that God has us here to develop leaders in our community and our world. Have you met our senior class? Leaders for sure. We are not building this place to become anything but an environment that develops leaders, not followers. With the changes that are at our doorstep, we have been launched into the leaders of high school education in West Seattle. This responsibility is great, but it is what we ask of our graduates and our students, so why not ourselves? I guess as I look at all the change, I understand one thing, Christ Centered means that we can make mistakes, meet challenges and address questions understanding His grace and be in comfort knowing God is walking us through it all.

In the next few days, we are sending out a communication with all the information on technology and textbooks and look forward to your support and prayers. Knowing that all questions will not be answered but we can join our graduates, students and alumni as leaders of change in West Seattle.

In Him,
Dave Meyer

 

7/21/13

This week our family will celebrate our youngest son’s 11th birthday. Time flies! To prepare for this celebration I revisited the Blessing Book by John Trent and Gary Smalley referred to in last week’s note. One element in the book is the concept of picturing a special future for those you want to share the Blessing. When thinking of Drew and the special plans God has for him, I see him developing empathy, patience, and leadership. He gains confidence from these words when we talk about them. We all need to hear about and visualize the special future God has planned for each of us. Children may be easier to approach with this concept than adults but we all need to hear the message of a special future. This is especially important for ministries and the amazing people who work for them. Everyone needs to envision a special future, teachers, coaches, students and parents to name a few. We all need to talk about the special futures we envision for our ministry and children in order to continue to share the blessing.

In Him,
Dave Meyer

 

7/14/13

My wife is leading a portion of vacation bible school for adults at Lamb of God Lutheran Church in Lake City this week. It is an interesting approach that brings families together because it offers dinner and then some bible study time in small groups in the evening. She is sharing from the book The Blessing; it’s is a tremendous read and teaches that spouses, children and others in our lives are true blessings. I know we all have moments where we question this because of behavior or someone forgetting an anniversary or something critical in the work place, but those around us are true blessings placed in our lives by God. Let’s take the opportunity each day to use words to share with those around you how important they are and how they positively affect your life. My parents are getting older and I am so blessed to have them close and to be able to speak to them daily and say “I love you” daily. These are important ways for those around us to experience blessings and to let others know they are a blessing to us. Make the effort; Christ does it daily for you and me through His word and through His people. I am sure we can make the effort.

In Him,
Dave Meyer

 

7/7/13

This past weekend my family and I took a trip to Spokane, Washington to experience the basketball players “Disneyland” – Hoopfest 2013. I was simply overwhelmed, in a positive way, with the event and the people of the City of Spokane. I admit I have not spent much time east of the mountains, but after this experience, I am ready to go back again next year. This event is a three on three basketball tournament that encompasses the whole city where streets, sidewalks and parking lots are closed and basketball hoops are put up everywhere. The event began about 10 to 12 years ago. It was much smaller back then and now has close to 7,000 teams that participate.
I watched six year olds play and then turned my head to see 60 year olds, passionate about the game they love. As you can tell I was pretty excited about the experience and the love that was shared by the people and the city. There were volunteers who wanted the city to benefit from the revenue and with that a good image ran most of the tournament.  Totally giving of their time so the Meyer’s had a good time. Wow! I was also impressed with the respect of the players towards each other, they were all competitive and loving their sport, the entire time I was there I did not see anyone lose their respect for one another. You can tell that people who are are passionate about what they do and play are ready to give more and play harder to succeed. The scoreboard in this tournament was irrelevant, the joy and passion of the game overcame the necessity to win. I think there are many lessons to be learned, for me last weekend in Spokane and I will continue to reflect, I do know that when others are the focus of what I do, God will continue to bless our efforts as He did in Spokane.

In Him,
Dave Meyer

 

6/30/13

For the land you are about to enter and occupy is not like the land of Egypt from which you came. Deuteronomy 11:10

This verse popped out at me during my morning reflection on Tuesday. I think the very idea of change and new can be daunting, and even threatening, to a person and a ministry. This verse added comfort and confidence that we are entering the next years with His hand holding ours step by step. Looking towards the future is always something I strive to do; I am one of those who loves to follow Gods direction and dream, “what if?”

While we move from 2012-13 to 2013-14 we enter a new land; new tools for education, new ideas and new families join our community. We are looking to move into a new ways to help our students enjoy success in the next school year. I think this is the reason this verse popped out while reading, realizing that we are ready to take these steps, all knowing that God is saying, “Just reach up and hold my hand I will walk with you.” This comforts me and hopefully you as well.

In Him,
Dave Meyer

6/23/13

It is great to see students around campus through June. They are helpful and excited to take on the next school year and continue to build this wonderful school into a place for all to feel His love. I continue to be impressed with the gifts they bring and the passion they have for this place we call Seattle Lutheran High School. As a parent, I am taking my daughter to different colleges for visits this summer. While talking with her about this process I am hearing the she and others cannot believe it is their senior year. Listening to her and others reflect on how quickly time has passed during high school reminds me that we take many things for granted. In life we often assume or depend on things to be the same or constant when, in reality, they change quickly. I guess this is what some students, seniors mainly, experience as their time becomes limited in a place like Seattle Lutheran.  I know that in my marriage, family and work taking things for granted becomes a way to get through the details of life. I ask that we take time this summer to reflect and not take someone, something, some job or even waking up for granted. Take time to appreciate all that surrounds you and realize the wonderful gifts God has blessed you with. There is one thing that never comes to an end, never runs out and never goes away: His undeserved love for you, Grace.

In Him,
Dave Meyer

 

6/16/13

I was sitting with English teacher, Alicia Knaff, discussing her trip to Germany with nine of our students and realized connections are made at different moments. What a blessing for our students to share in this opportunity to travel and see the world with a teacher they enjoy. The group left Tuesday and returns next Wednesday with adventure, new experiences, and a friend in a teacher who takes them out of the classroom into life.

I think one of the most exciting things about being in a new place is learning all the things that go on for the young adults we serve. Preparing young adults for their next steps in life is what God has called us here to do and this means celebrating and enjoying adventures together. This is similar to our walk with Jesus; He wants us to take risk for Him, as this will build the faith and trust in Him. Thank you to all who have taken the step in faith to join us here at Seattle Lutheran High School and to all who have engaged in the Germany trip, musicals, community night, parent groups, Boosters, athletic contests and teaming with the teachers to prepare our young adults for life. As our Board chair said in a meeting this week, “We are life prep.” This is evident in everything we do in this ministry.

I guess many places are doing great things and preparing young adults; the one unique gift we share daily is God’s undeserved love: Grace.

In Him,
Dave Meyer

 

6/9/13

“We are an incubator.” This was said to me a few days ago by a colleague here at Seattle Lutheran High School. I reflected on that statement and was astonished at the truth of the statement. We are an incubator of faith for our students.
Each class, student and family at SLHS has been selected by Him to be a part of our ministry. All bring their gifts to this place in order to better each other and reflect His love to others. Growth happens daily here. Everyone is important and has a special role to play in the growth of our ministry. We are affected by what we do and where we go. Hopefully everyone who enters our school feels the warmth of undeserved Love, His Grace.
With another year coming to a close and a new door opening for all of us, we continue to pray for and support each other as we follow the plan laid out by Him. I am amazed at the wonderful families He has brought to this place; we say goodbye to our seniors and their families as they graduate and enter the alumni community of Seattle Lutheran High School while we greet our incoming freshmen and their families.
Each student is ready to embrace their next experience and succeed because of the incubation process that He has laid out for them. Please pray for our new graduates and their families as a new chapter unfolds and they leave the incubator and continue to experience His undeserved love, Grace, in whatever the future brings.

In Him,
Dave Meyer

 

5/30/13

Awards and accolades are always special. Watching students gather certificates and awards is a joy for parents, teachers and all who have spent time ensuring their success.

At our awards ceremony Tuesday evening there were ties for awards earned by Seniors. Mr. Norton stated that this is a remarkable blessing. We are blessed to have a dynamic senior class that lifts each other up and challenges each other academically, socially and athletically. Our society places enormous value on winning and being the best. Here at Seattle Lutheran High School we are excellent in what we do because we are loved unconditionally and are given amazing gifts by God. Being faced with ties and equality at this level says great things about our school and the students we serve. We are able to lift each other up and be proud of each other, just as the students stood to cheer for each other at the awards ceremony because they were happy for a classmate or fellow student.

This is community, this is Christ centered, this is who we are – caring for others more than we care for ourselves, Sound familiar? Jesus died for you – cared for you more than himself. This undeserved love shared with each of us is an amazing gift.

In Him,
Dave Meyer

5/26/13

Dear SLHS Families,

Life can get quite busy for everyone and, as a result, time becomes a precious gift. Thank you for sharing your time with Seattle Lutheran High School Monday evening. We hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did. It’s important that we continue to share ideas, so please feel free to give me or our staff feedback on the event and/or items that were shared.

We launched a tradition Monday evening of giving books to our families. The first book, The Seven Secrets to a Successful Life, was donated by the author. With this gift, we understand each family is unique and will gather different thoughts and ideas from it. The tradition itself is simply a tool to help us all stay connected. If you know of an author or someone who might be willing to donate next year, please feel free to contact me at dmeyer@seattlelutheran.org.

If you were unable to make the meeting Monday please know you were missed. Please call the school office to arrange a time to pick up your free gift, The Seven Secrets to a Successful Life, for your family.

Thanks again for your time together and joyful approach to 2013-2014 school year!

In Him,
Dave Meyer

 

5/19/13

This week we have a student reflection from one of our Seniors about his Seattle Lutheran High School experience. Our thanks to David Cohen, Class of 2013!

The last four years of my life have been a massive jumble of wondrous memories and great friends, without whom my years at this school would surely have been dull and uninteresting. The people I’ve met have truly changed me, and made me a better person. I’ve made friends in every class that have gone through these halls in my time here, both above and below my grade.

But enough about me, let’s talk business. I will reiterate; the teachers are by far the strongest point of Seattle Lutheran High School. Being able to joke around with them in class and even come in and simply chat with them after school as friends is what makes this place so memorable. The academics are strong due to being taught by such passionate teachers. Anytime you have a bond that strong between students and teachers, it creates a drive in the student to do better. I cannot count the number of times I’ve nearly skipped an assignment only to feel guilty about the prospect of disappointing that teacher whom I love so dearly. But it saves more than merely a student’s grade, it allows a student to feel connected with whatever is being learned; to immerse themselves in something that their friend, the teacher, feels strongly about.

David Cohen ’13

 

5/12/13

As the seniors took off this morning on their day trip to downtown, Seattle I reflected on this school year and how God has helped us make the 2012-13 year successful.
At Community Night on Monday, May 20 from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm we’ll review the events of the school year; there are quite a few. Please plan to attend and rsvp to jlulow@seattlelutheran.org

While writing this I see on the patio a group of Juniors working together on pre-calculus. They have a task to complete as a group and are asking questions, listening and discussing. As I reflect on the many events of the school year and look forward to next year, it’s exciting to see this group work together to accomplish a goal.

Our world will be a better place thanks to the young adults educated at our school. They know how to work together, celebrate life and share God’s love with others. This has been the focus of our ministry at SLHS for 34 years and it will continue to be the focus for years to come.

In Him,

Dave Meyer

 

5/5/13

“Performance of a lifetime!” a guest stated at our musical performance last Sunday afternoon. “This is about making memories!” Mr. Menashe shared with me in the hall Thursday morning.

Each of these statements reminds me to focus on the ministry of Seattle Lutheran High School. As an institution, we are charged with educating scholars and athletes to prepare them for their next phase of life filled with confidence and hope.

We are also charged with providing opportunities for students to connect with one another – it’s personal – and build relationships and memories that will last a lifetime.

The musical, the prom, a diving catch in center field, an amazing throw of the javelin and guest speakers are examples of the opportunities our students enjoy here at SLHS. Memories of these activities and opportunities will last a lifetime and draw us closer together as a community.

The principal opportunity we have here is to share the love that Christ shares daily. In these moments that create memories we understand that we are bathed in the undeserved love of Christ. We all benefit from this common truth: God loves us all without condition. Seattle Lutheran High School is a place to build faith and memories that will last a lifetime!

In Him,
Dave Meyer

4/28/13

So, how was your weekend?

This question is asked in the Meyer household on Sunday evenings after weekend events. My wife I need to touch base with each other to make sure we are ready to launch into a new week. Perhaps your weekend feels rushed or, sometimes, relaxing. I often don’t stop to enjoy the relaxation that makes for a perfect weekend. As my children grow, I realize that social gatherings become very important and these events become a part of life and make for busy weekends. I am pretty sure that’s how it all works as we grow we continue to live life to a new normal. We could long for the days of sleeping in or having a lot of personal time, but life continues to move ahead with or without us in this new normal.

Understanding the reality of this reminds me of growth in our ministry here at Seattle Lutheran High School. Every year we take a new step in growth and we follow God’s plan. The one constant I continue to see is the loving families He sends to us every day. I appreciate the way we all come together at different events to focus on our students and continue to love and challenge each one of them. So, “What’s the new normal here at Seattle Lutheran High School?” you might ask. It differs constantly as our school continues to grow; the constant here is the team approach taken by parents, teachers and students to learning and personal growth. On that note, I want to thank you, our amazing parents, for the helpful feedback at the recent Parent Forums.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed a good weekend!

In Him,
Dave Meyer

4/21/13

I learned something about myself this week. I am a woo. I bet you’re not familiar with what a woo is, or why this is such a revelation in my life. I took a personality test with the Gallup Company and my second personality strength is woo. The definition of this is a person who loves to break the ice, begin conversation and engage with new people. I have always felt this strength of mine, but never knew it was called a woo. The test then began to explain that as people we need to try our best to work in our strengths because that gives us joy and passion. I tend to agree with this concept and know there are things in life, work and school that are not strengths and need to get done now.

I am pretty confident God wants us to do the same with our ministry here at Seattle Lutheran High School; we need to promote and work with the strengths He has provided for these 35 years of ministry at the school. We need to share undeserved love and grace with our young adults so they understand they are loved unconditionally by God. We are student-focused and strive to make learning relevant and meaningful for our students. We are community-oriented we model for the young adults we serve. These strengths will solidify Seattle Lutheran High School for years to come as God continues to lead us in our endeavors.

In Him,
Dave Meyer

4/14/13

Saturday morning, the first day of Spring Break for all except the SLHS SeaBot Robotic team, my youngest son and I headed to Century Link Event Center to check out the FIRST Robotic Competition. While we walked around to see all the schools attending we were amazed; every school competes against every school, regardless of school size. Team SeaBot is one of the oldest and most respected robotic teams in Washington state.

We found seats to watch the final competition. SeaBot was on the start line with two other schools when the buzzer sounded. Our robot, SeaBot, shuttles over to the target and throws three Frisbees right on the money, points scored! Next, with no hesitation, SeaBot slides under an eight-foot tall pyramid and begins to climb. Yes, climb! It hooked the bar, raised itself off the ground – 10 points - then hooked the next bar and raised itself above the bar –10 points - then hooked itself to last bar and began to rise. The clock was ticking; time was running out; with 1.5 seconds left, SeaBot raised itself above the last bar – 10 points - the win secured! SeaBot was the top climbing robot in Seattle!

You might think, “It’s just a robot.” Well, this robot is a really big deal! The SLHS SeaBot Robotic team worked for weeks with adviser, Jeff Norton, and a team of mentors to make all this happen. The mentors gave their time, talent and funding to help our students succeed. Team SeaBot with a small budget, big dreams, and a small fan base prevailed. We couldn’t be more proud!

God places each of us where He wants us. Seattle Lutheran High School is a place where He wants us to celebrate and climb that pyramid tower - just like SeaBot.

In Him,
Dave Meyer

4/7/13

“A covenant goes beyond a promise or having a slogan or theme.” I was blessed to hear from Bruce Brown of Proactive Coaching recently. His presentation had
me looking deeper at Seattle Lutheran High School and how we continue to grow here in this place. The quote above is from Bruce’s session and I share it because it reminds us all to go deeper than a theme for the year, or a simple promise to do better.

The board and I took some time to discuss what makes us unique and what are some guarantees. Now I know in our world today, the word ”guarantee” is not to be used because we do not like to use absolutes. But in this context I think it’s important for us to talk about tangible feelings and/or emotions that we can strive to achieve every time someone walks through our doors, especially young adults. Core covenant is the term used by Bruce to describe these “guarantees”. What are your guarantees for your family? For your work? For your church? As we grow, we need to build these Core covenants to ensure quality and love continues to shine. Notice I’ve written this entire message without mentioning our #1 key component to everything we do here, Christ. His unconditional love for us is so great He died on the cross for each one of us.

As we build these guarantees – Christ Centered – Student Focused- Community Orientated here at Seattle Lutheran High School, we continue to follow God’s lead.

In Him,
Dave Meyer

3/31/13

It’s Time!

“It’s Time” is my slogan for the week and for the future. It’s time to move from negative to positive, from maybe to definitely, from my plan to God’s plan. This week has been filled with positive moments involving the students here at Seattle Lutheran High School. We had a baseball team of nine players lift each other to victory on Monday, the track team performed successfully on Wednesday, the SeaBot Robotic Team competing on Friday and we have a God who gave His son to die for each one of us.

It’s Time!

PX2 has been a valuable seminar for students, teachers and me. It’s time we take what we learn and what God has given us and share with others the positive messages of this successful place we call Seattle Lutheran High School. We teach young adults to reinvent themselves and adapt to situations in life knowing they are loved because of Jesus’ death on the cross.

It’s Time!

Please join me this Easter in celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. This is a time of rest and renewal for us all. I encourage your family to join me in sharing and living the message of “It’s Time” with everyone you meet. All of us here at Seattle Lutheran share His love for all of us, celebrate this great place and speak proudly of the accomplishments of our talented students.

Happy Easter,

Dave Meyer

3/24/13

Have you ever spent time working on puzzles? A tradition in the Meyer household during spring break is getting out the card table and laying out a puzzle for everyone to work on throughout the week. Not sure if you and your family are a part of this puzzle crowd, but it’s quite a big challenge to connect the pieces. Last spring break we set a goal for ourselves to complete a 500 piece puzzle in one week. Our family worked hard and as we neared completion, down to that last piece, we realized it was missing! All of that work, time and effort wasted since we couldn’t find the one important final piece. It just felt incomplete.

Our theme this year is “one” and I want you to know just how important each of you are to completing the puzzle here at Seattle Lutheran High School. It doesn’t matter if you’re here for the first time or have been here for a long time; it doesn’t matter if you work here or share your time as a volunteer. Our puzzle here is not complete without each one of you.

God has placed all of us here in His master plan. He has brought everyone here this year to celebrate together and help each other through challenges. We are “one” because His undeserved love connects us daily. The Seattle Lutheran High School puzzle is complete when we are all connected as one in His love.

In Him,
Dave Meyer

3/17/13

My first CHAD celebration at Seattle Lutheran High School was FUN this past week!

CHAD = Crazy Happy Awesome Day. It’s a day set aside for our students and teachers to take a break from academics and just have fun together. Our Student Council did an amazing job organizing the day and surprising the students, faculty and staff. We’d like to thank Clowns Unlimited owner, Bob Washburn, parent of two SLHS alumnae, for his help celebrating each other and building community. Our students were overjoyed with a day of structured freedom. Having this the week of daylight savings was the perfect way to revive us all. CHAD builds community - and a strong community is built together.

Please remember you are part of this community; your student may be in their first or last year here, you may be an alumna or alumnus of two years or 30 years, whatever your connection with us, remember that God has included you as part of this terrific community of Seattle Lutheran High School.

Together much may be accomplished; together with God amazing things are accomplished.

In Him,
Dave Meyer

 

3/10/13

We witnessed strong examples of the “student-focused” part of our mission statement this week. Each example was a gift from God because they keep me focused on His ministry here and focused on the students.

Lauren S ’14 shared PX2 at Monday’s PA meeting. She is an example of how our students shine and lift others.

Wednesday’s student-led chapel was done with excellence and energy. We were blown away by the leadership and musical ability of the SLHS Band members who share the gifts God has given them. The fact that chapel ran five minutes late elicited not one complaint as students were so engaged in the music and the message.

Thursday evening’s Winter Athletic Awards acknowledged 23 Saint athletes who earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher during basketball and cheer season. The amount of time it takes to compete in high school sports combined with maintaining a minimum 3.5 GPA in classes that include AP History and AP Psychology is amazing.

These are only three examples of living our mission led by students here at Seattle Lutheran High School; in fact there are many more, not surprising after meeting with their great families.

Thanks for the examples, students; they will stay with me for a long time.

In Him,
Dave Meyer

3/3/13

Did you know The SeaBot Robotic Team of Seattle Lutheran High School is the fifth longest-running robotic program in Washington State?
Last Friday, along with many others, I spent an evening with the Robotic Team and their mentors celebrating the completion of this year’s robot. The robot will pick up Frisbees and throw them at a target and climb a 96-inch tower. Yes, believe it, climb a tower and hang off the ground. The two competitions are at the end of March and the programming team is working hard to ensure all the remotes work. What an amazing accomplishment for our team of 13 -18 year old students. Robotic team members hold many positions to make the team successful: marketing, fundraising, building and programming are all involved. The team has confidence in their work and satisfaction with their efforts. What a great example of Seattle Lutheran High School student creativity. We climb towers every day and we encourage students here to climb towers and obstacles placed in front of them daily. We hope the SeaBot Robotic Team enjoys success in the competition. I know we will fare well in our striving for excellence as long as we stay connected to Him. God and His design program us here not by a computer but for our lives.

In Him,
Dave Meyer

2/24/13

This past Thursday, in our PX2 seminar, our students did some exercises that forced them to work out of the norm, out of their comfort zone, and search for new ideas. I heard comments from groups as they worked through exercises that involved connecting dots and triangles like, “I did it!” and “I got 50 in 30 seconds.” What a fantastic way to spend part of the morning helping young adults realize we need to stretch ourselves and think outside the box. In my meetings with families, we talk about ideas that are “outside the box” focusing on student learning and building successes in the lives of our great young people here at Seattle Lutheran High School. I am a constant optimist and especially believe we cannot limit ourselves to what’s comfortable, or the ways “we always do it” model. This is due to my belief that God wants us to stretch our minds and move from our comfort zones, or what’s familiar, and trust in Him. I understand there is reality and structure is certainly important, but I also believe there is no limit to God. When we realize in our hearts that He stretches each of us, we accomplish amazing things with that believable love that is unconditional for all, Grace.

In Him,
Dave Meyer

2/17/13

In chapel this week I talked with the students about Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season. This is a time we remember all that God has done to claim us as His own. We need to remember that God has put us in the midst of others to be His light and His Gospel in this place. While meeting with each school family during reenrollment, it is a blessing to listen to families share the Light that our school offers others in the community. Thank you for being a part of Seattle Lutheran High School and sharing this love.
Speaking of love…Valentine’s Day is a joy in our home; the kids look forward to their small treats and I am never sure what my wife Lisa would like- gift or no gift. What I do know is  our youngest loves to share his gifts because he truly wants to show love. Gift giving is his love language. We take this one day of the year to share love and appreciation with people in our lives. It is amazing how a simple flower or a smile can send a powerful message. Valentine’s Day reminds us to share with others God’s greatest gift to us: love.

In Him,
Dave Meyer

2/10/13

Seattle Lutheran High School provides a Christ-centered and student-focused environment that equips young people in their educational and spiritual journeys to be servant-leaders in the world.

The above statement sums up our new mission of Seattle Lutheran High School. As I spend time speaking with the amazing families God has brought together here at Seattle Lutheran High School, I’m captured by our mission statement and how relevant it is to what God is doing here on a daily basis. I’m both honored and excited to be a part of this place and would like to thank those who have taken time to meet with me and for those who are scheduling time in their upcoming calendars to meet together. One theme that has risen from our meetings thus far, is we all love the young adults here and want to continue building their lives. I think this is also a common feeling within the above mission statement and God continues to bring forth teachers, parents and families to build-up students.

As we welcome new families and reconnect with our current families, we all understand God has us here for the young adults – what a fun experience that is daily!

(Please check out the Homepage under Stories or click on “About SLHS – Mission Statement” via our website www.seattlelutheran.org for more information and details regarding our new mission statement.)

In Him,
Dave Meyer

 2/3/13

Lutheran Schools Week has been a dynamic and fun-filled week. We ended Friday with games, cake and ice cream to celebrate the fact we are one of many Lutheran schools in the country. The national theme for this week was baptism. Whenever I think of baptism my brain goes to water. Growing up in Papua, New Guinea as a missionary kid I can remember my father baptizing people in a river. I also have memories of people being baptized in the Pacific Ocean surrounding Hawaii, as I spent my teenage years living on Oahu. Finally, I have fond memories of my children being baptized at Hope Lutheran Church in the baptismal font at the front of the church. The common ingredient in these memories is water. There are many theological meanings to why we use water which I will not expound here. Here are two simple things I relate to water and baptism. The first is washing; most of the time I use water when I am washing something. With his death on the cross, Jesus washes away all sin and guilt for you and me. The second is the transparency of water. Fill a clear class with water and place a drop of food coloring in the water and stir. What happens? Think of it like this; it is important to share a drop of kindness, hope, or love with a simple smile or act of kindness which spreads through the community. The theme of baptism brings up many images, but most of all we remember that His Grace and undeserved love is that gift.

In Him,
Dave Meyer

1/27/13

“What is the difference between perfection and excellence?” I asked the students this question at chapel this week and they were very quiet. I then asked, “Can we be perfect?” Responses were no, because there is sin in the world and we all sin. I continued with asking, “Can we be excellent?” Responses were yes, because it’s a frame of mind and a way to strive to become the best or excellent at a particular task. The motivation behind the chapel talk wasn’t to expect perfection from anyone, but to expect excellence from everyone. It’s important to remember here at Seattle Lutheran High School we base all we do on Grace (Undeserved Love). God loves everyone unconditionally with no strings attached. As we begin to recognize this, we understand that excellence is the response, not perfection. Excellence is in our striving to honor His love daily through everything we do. My hope is that everyone who is surrounded by this place we call Seattle Lutheran High School understands this amazing gift and realizes that our response is to do our very best in everything we do – not because we have to, but because we choose to.

In Him,
Dave Meyer

January 20

First semester for Mr. Meyer and the students is in the books, complete and finished! It was a great learning experience that ended in a flurry of projects and tests the students finished with stellar results. My immediate response is to reflect on the families and students that have been so patient with the learning curve I’ve been under the last few months. I have learned so much already and continue to grow in the Grace of God and of others that surround me. My second response is to look at the gifts God has provided, and continues to provide, for all the students and teachers on a daily basis. One gift in particular is knowledge and personal growth. We are beginning the second quarter in a terrific direction and would like everyone to know that education is about sharing knowledge and giving tools for the students to choose for their own lives. A tool that’s been placed on our doorstep is a program instilling confidence and an understanding of how your mind works. This program for young adults is PX2 from the Pacific Institute (www.pacificinstitute.com) and is nationally known and is an important part of the development of programs like University of Alabama Football and the Seattle Seahawks. We are blessed to have a facilitator in our community who is going to begin the program here in the second semester for our students and teachers (details to follow.) God has been walking with Seattle Lutheran High School for 30 + years and continues to walk with us today. He brings people here to impact others and I sincerely want to thank all of you for your prayers and your ability to continue being a part of this positive impact.

In Him,
Dave Meyer

 

January 13, 2013

In chapel this week we pulled out a definition of success. It was given to us by Tony Dungy, a parent and a former National Football League coach. It reads  ”God gives us unique gifts, abilities, and passions. How well we use those qualities to have an impact on the world around us determines how “successful” we really are.” I had a chance to relate this to our Giving Day experience that the students embraced. The teachers and I were amazed at the responses from the students and their willingness to impact the community in a positive Christ like manner. Each organization told the adults in charge that they would have our students back any time, not only because of the work they did but the attitude they displayed. As I showed the students pictures taken at the different venues, I pointed out the smiles on kids’ faces as being the most important part of the day. Everyone should be proud of this group of young adults who, a few days before Christmas, showed the true meaning of giving: giving with an open heart and a smile. What an impact!

In Him,
Dave Meyer

January 6, 2013

Happy New Year!

Hopefully this finds you enjoying the break and looking forward to school resuming. I am so excited about 2013 and what God has planned for Seattle Lutheran High School. The students here deserve the best and I am sure after this restful break we are ready live up to the standards God has for all of us. Our student-led approach is beginning to take hold and student knowledge and confidence is growing. Hopefully you received the letter explaining changes to finals this semester. We appreciate your support and patience as we continue to strive for excellence in all we do to ensure students own their learning. I look forward to the New Year, including recruitment and re-enrollment for the 2013-14 school year. As students and families join us and as we recommit to the Christ-centered environment here at Seattle Lutheran, confidence grows. As confidence grows so does our Christ-centered community. Please feel free to bring a friend to the Open House next week to share this place of learning with others. Happy New Year!

In Him,
Dave Meyer

December 23, 2012

On Friday, 12/14, the nation was shocked by tragedy. In chapel this week we talked about how this event has affected us and what our response is as a community. We cannot imagine the pain and loss suffered by survivors. As I shared with the students, last Friday evening I cried for the children and families affected because I too am in this business of education because I love kids, all kids. After the tears were over I felt frustrated at the timing of this being before Christmas. How could this happen? And at this time of year? A time when we celebrate the birth of Christ who is light in the midst of darkness? As I reflected I realized that timing of tragedies is never going to be acceptable. As Christians during the season of Advent, we focus on Jesus and the gift of His birth for our salvation. Christmas is a time to unite with family and celebrate together. Now we have another reason to focus our attention on Jesus this time of year, who brings us eternal life. Nothing will ever take away the events of December 14th and the ensuing pain and loss, but we do have a gift on Christmas day that relieves all the sin of the world; his name is Jesus.  Merry Christmas!

In Him,
Dave Meyer

 

December 16, 2012

Advent is a time of year where we prepare for the birth of Jesus, our Savior. In the Lutheran church we often have Wednesday evening services that reflect a theme of patience and look at those who prepared the way for this wonderful gift of a Savior. At school, we are taking some time to prepare our own hearts and minds for the wonderful gift God brings to all on Christmas morning. As we all know, today’s teen sees patience much differently than we might of during our younger years. The distractions and instant connections our world has developed and our kids live in, is incredibly difficult as compared to having patience when thinking about the future – no way. The more I am in this job, the more I realize how difficult it is to be a teenager in the world today. I cannot personally relate because I didn’t have the “automatic” response gadgets or the Internet. All the more reason to share the advent message of patience for the greatest gift of all, Jesus. We continue to understand there’s no condition to His love, nothing we can do or way to act, we just need to receive this gift in our hearts.

Merry Christmas and thank you for the gift of your young adults each and every day!

In Him,
Dave Meyer

October 28, 2012

I am so thankful to all of our families who adjusted their schedules this week, allowing us to attend a terrific teacher conference in Seaside, Oregon. Moments of social time together with the staff allowed us to get to know each other and the workshops gave us further tools to grow in what we are doing in the classroom to better serve our students.

“Every life has a story” is a quote shared in the opening speaker’s presentation and it reminds me that God cares deeply about all of us and I hope that we can be a ministry that connects to students and families to know their story. I am convinced in my first months at Seattle Lutheran High School that the students and the staff are the greatest gifts that we are given and I have been taking time to learn their stories. This time away allows all of us to reflect on the wonderful ministry of Seattle Lutheran High School and the blessings we receive daily. Again, thank you parents, for your support this week to help our teaching team take advantage of this professional development opportunity.

In Him,
Dave Meyer

 

October 21, 2012

Wednesday our students in grades 9 – 11 had the opportunity to share their knowledge on standardized tests. That same afternoon teachers were blessed to have a speaker come and share classroom and life-skill techniques to help us better connect with our students here at Seattle Lutheran High School. Talking points of the afternoon were drawn from the Love and Logic program developed by Jim Faye. loveandlogic.com The first topic was self–concept. I have not thought much about that recently but its meaning struck me; self–concept is what you think others think about you. This definition rings out every time I introduce myself and I am quick to mention my title, teacher or principal, as an identifier as if this will reframe how the person sees me.

The school’s new tag line, It’s Personal, is all about our goal of creating relationships that promote unconditional acceptance. When unconditional acceptance or love is the core of a relationship, growth in the relationship happens. In the classroom, teachers can measure growth with students when a relationship is built unconditionally. As a Christ centered environment we are encouraged by this because we know He loves us unconditionally every day.

In Him,
Dave Meyer

October 14, 2012

I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all the students here at Seattle Lutheran High School. Watching them perform at Hope church in the band, present mission projects to an audience, speak at WS Rotary Club as Student of the Month and watching them participate in athletics has really allowed me to grow in my respect for their abilities and gifts.

John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son.” What is our response? As we work together to share this undeserved gift of His love, and as students, parents, teachers and community feel this great love, what is our response?  This response comes from the core of the individual. I have witnessed so many positive responses and have seen students welcome others with open arms, help without being asked and represent our school positively in the community. These responses are the core of the Lutheran Faith and our identity as a school community.

In Him,
Dave Meyer

 

October 7, 2012

Want to vs. Have to” was our topic in Chapel on Wednesday. I received a book, Smart Talk, written by Lou Tice that shares tools to achieve potential. While reflecting on the concept of free will and the gift Christ gave all of us on the cross this came to mind: He died for all of us and wants us to understand and respond to this love, not feeling we “have to.”

Lou Tice states in his book, “You create your own pressure by your tasks, your goals, your family, your life on a have to basis. Once you release this pressure you become very effective.” I do know that in life, we all have tasks that need to be done; I have to do the dishes after dinner or we won’t have anything to eat on for our next meal. It is a matter of perspective and willingness to complete have tos if the wants exist in our lives and are our driving force.

The students here at Seattle Lutheran are taking on the “want tos” every day. They show this in their smiling faces in the morning, their attention to tasks and their love for each other. Our students model great example of response to His love.

In Him,
Dave Meyer

September 30, 2012

“For God so Loved the world” is the beginning of John 3:16. Many of us have seen this in signage or heard it referred to in talks of motivation or church sermons. We discussed this phrase in chapel this week as we continue our theme of Know Him. One of the greatest gifts given to all of us, is His underserved love and what the awareness of this love can do for positive change is amazing. I am witnessing this daily here at Seattle Lutheran, the students are experiencing His love from the teachers, from their parents and from each other. On Wednesday we had the Director of Education Services for the Northwest District of LCMS here for a visit; I asked him to share at chapel about how he knows God’s love. As the lunch bell rang to end chapel and as I walked with him up the stairs he said, “These kids are incredible, I have never seen high school students act and respond in this fashion.”
God’s love working through all of us will continue to be the strength on which we build.

In Him,
Dave Meyer

 

September 23, 2012

Homecoming week has come and gone. What an exciting fun-filled week of working together and celebrating each other! I hope the students have shared some of the activities that have taken place as we continue to build a sense of pride and love for this community we call Seattle Lutheran High School. Homecoming is more than a football game; it is a sense of ownership and pride in a school that elevates our young people to their next successes.

I want to share a terrific example of raising standards and students rising to their highest potential. We have established a petition policy for the senior class to obtain off-campus lunch privileges. This was explained and they turned in a paper that was not quite what I was expecting, I told them what I was looking for and gave an example of companies that send me proposals and waited for their resubmission. Wednesday, after chapel, the senior class gave me a typed written proposal that had benefits for Seattle Lutheran and for the seniors (Win/Win ideas) and even mentioned they had a power point version if I would like to see it, which of course I wanted to see. God has placed amazing students here who display an advanced level and approach to education. Thanks, seniors, for this display of responsibility that added to the exciting Homecoming week.

In Him,
Dave Meyer

 

September 14, 2012

On Monday, we took a different approach to field trip day. Watching the students interact and participate in a Student Centered activity with the Student Handbook was impressive. I continue to be amazed at the information the students share and the ability they have to embrace change. I think we all need to learn from them in this life lesson.  Your children, the next generation, are fantastic and ready for the world. To be honest, they are more ready than I am or remember being at that age.

The day also consisted of time for the students to get to Know their classmates. With this intent we are instituting small float activities for Homecoming and the students are enthusiastic and embracing the idea. Finally, the day concluded with a trip to Alki for them to “hang out”, play volleyball, paddle board, ride bikes and skate board. They seemed to enjoy the choices given, and I was really impressed with their respectful approach to the day.
In all, I hope you get a sense that we are working to make this a place they are proud of, as well as a place that will challenge them.  We continue to work the Know it part of our theme, and the teachers and I are enjoying getting to Know the students.

In Him,
Dave Meyer

 

September 7, 2012                                          

The first week has been an absolute joy. I am so happy to see and feel the energy of the students in the building. As a leader in education I can get overwhelmed with the details and the schedules, but when students arrive the purpose and focus returns.

As a new person here I do have to share that this group of students that God has blessed us with this year are fantastic. I have enjoyed their smiles, their energy and their leadership. Parents should be very proud that their “kids” are ready, willing, and able to take the next steps in life here at Seattle Lutheran.

God has continued to impress the theme of Know Him this week and we are taking some time to Know each other and Him, who brought us together.

Please continue to pray for us as we begin to Know Him more each day here at Seattle Lutheran.

In Him,
Dave Meyer