Student Life

Academics

CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

The curriculum of Abiding Savior Lutheran School is designed to give a well-rounded, quality Christian education to each child. Following is a brief summary of the major subject areas offered. Click here to view a detailed description of the curriculum.

Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten offer a readiness program in the basic school subjects. A phonics-based language arts curriculum helps students begin the reading process. Since the early years are important in the formulating of mental attitudes and moral philosophies, Christian concepts of everyday living are stressed.

LANGUAGE ARTS
The Language Arts program is based on a thorough knowledge of the phonetic sounds that make up our speech patterns. Early development of vocabulary is stressed. Reading, spelling, grammar, composition, and handwriting are correlated throughout the program at the various levels.
SOCIAL STUDIES
Geography, civics, current events, and historical facts and concepts, as well as the Christian interpretation of these concepts, are taught at the appropriate grade levels.
FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION
Family life education is taught based on Christian values and scriptural directives. Parents will have opportunity to preview materials used for sex education instruction in grades 4-8.
ARTS
General music and basic art skills are integrated into the total curriculum and often supplement the congregation’s worship life.
CHRISTIAN INSTRUCTION
All classes, in addition to their morning devotions, have instruction in the Christian faith from a Lutheran perspective. We seek to impart to each student the saving Good News of Jesus Christ. Experiences are then provided for the students to assist them in developing a life of Christian discipleship.
MATHEMATICS
The child is taught the concepts, techniques and language of this field of knowledge. Traditional approaches to the teaching of math are learned and applied. There is an emphasis on problem solving as well as understanding basic facts and practicing basic computational skills. Instruction for higher level math is provided for students that qualify.
SCIENCE AND HEALTH
The concepts of earth, physical, and life sciences are taught from the Christian perspective and introduced at various grade levels.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Physical fitness, group and individual games are taught. Knowledge of rules and sportsmanship are also emphasized. The physical education program in the upper grades include each student dressing out each class day in specified P.E. clothing. Students are responsible for obtaining their gym clothes including athletic shoes, white athletic socks, and Abiding Savior P.E. shirts and shorts. Shirts and shorts are purchased from the school office. All clothes should be clearly marked with the student’s name. Each student will be assigned a lock and locker from the school for the year. Students should be ready and dressed out for P.E. by the second week of school. If a student is injured or ill, a note from home will excuse him/her from active participation for that day. A doctor’s note is required for extensive inability to participate. A sports physical is required for upper grade students certifying that they are physically able to participate in physical education class and after-school sports.
COMPUTERS

Students in Kindergarten through Grade 8 learn basic computer, word processing and Internet skills. A one to one program is offered for grades 6-8. This allows our students to use technology to enhance their learning and utilize it as a tool in their educational journey.

SPANISH

It is our desire to introduce students to the basics of the Spanish language through such means as video instruction and special language teachers. Formal instruction is offered once a week in TK and Kindergarten and 2 days a week in grades 1-8. The goal is to prepare students to be successful in Spanish I in high school.

STEAM

The Abiding Savior Enrichment Program is designed to provide meaningful experiences for our highly-able, creative, and talented students to meet their highest potential. The program is designed to challenge students through multi-dimensional S.T.E.A.M. experiences and activities, while giving them the opportunity to explore their interests and talents in a risk free environment. The activities are performed as individuals or in cooperative learning teams, with an emphasis on improving critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity.

The Enrichment Program will provide a differentiated curriculum that enhances self-discovery and independent learning as well as:

  • promote risk-taking by providing a non-threatening, non-graded environment
  • enhance the understanding and application of knowledge beyond the regular curriculum
  • develop critical thinking skills, creative thinking skills and problem solving strategies
  • encourage independent decision-making based on logic
  • foster effective communication skills through persuasive speaking and writing
  • develop independent discovery through self-selected themes and topics
  • encourage awareness of local and world problems, as well as promotes social responsibility

Junior High electives provide enriching activities in photography, robotics, coding, cooking, archery and many more.

STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER

The goals of the Student Success Center are to maximize student potential, empower students to be more efficient, and teach them to be their own advocates.

Practices
The Student Success Center is designed to assist students by:

  • Providing specialized and individualized assistance in all academic areas.
  • Providing resources and teaching strategies for teachers with students with learning challenges inside the classroom.

Abiding Savior recognizes that in today’s diverse world, many students have unique learning needs. The Student Success Center is conducted as follows:

  • The teacher(s) and the parent(s) fill out the necessary paperwork to refer the student to the SSC.
  • A referral meeting will be held with the parents, teachers, and the special education teacher to determine placement.
  • Special education teacher observes student.
  • Student’s needs are assessed.
  • Following assessments, test results, and observations recommendations will be shared with the parent(s) and teacher(s).
  • Depending upon needs, the student will be placed on an Individualized learning plan or 504 plan.
  • Students- receive either individualized, small group instruction or 1:1 on a regular basis.
  • Modifications/Accommodations and academic support are provided to students who need support but are not serviced in the SSC.
Programs
  • LIPS Lindamood-Bell
  • Barton Reading and Spelling
  • Orton-Gillingham Instruction
  • Touch Math
  • Spotlight on Grammar
  • Ready Set Go Grammar
Assessment
  • Irlen Syndrome
  • Phonological Awareness Test for Phonemic Awareness
  • CTOPP Test of Phonological Processing
  • WRAML2 to determine working memory
  • GST for Reading Comprehension
  • LAC-3
  • Symbol Imagery Test

Our Student Success Center is run by Ms. Tammie Wright. Ms. Wright holds a Bachelors in Liberal Arts; Master’s degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education; Autism Authorization; and English Language Learners Authorization.

SPORTS

The athletic programs at Abiding Savior Lutheran School provide opportunities for physical development, as well as spiritual, mental and social growth. Our boys and girls learn Christian sportsmanship in competitive participation, and become thankful to God for the physical abilities they have been given.

Our school belongs to the Lutheran Orange County Athletic League (LOCAL), and participates in flag football, basketball, volleyball, and track. A physician’s Certificate of Health is required for participation in athletics. This form is part of your registration materials.

Any student who is absent from school will not be allowed to participate in any sports activities on that day, or on a weekend day if absent on Friday, unless special permission is given by the principal.

MUSIC PROGRAMS

Music is a part of our daily life at Abiding Savior. In the classroom you hear students singing lunch prayers, devotional and good-bye songs. We sing every week in chapel and have regular music classes. Classes are scheduled to sing in church at least twice a year.

Classroom music in grades TK – 6th covers basic music skills, singing seasonal songs, recorders, hand bells, families of the orchestra, music appreciation, rhythmic movement, composers, patriotic and sacred music.

Special music groups include:

KINGDOM RINGERS I & II – Grades 4th – 8th. Handbells teach the students coordination and focus as well as musical skills. This group plays in church, for chapel, and at our annual Christmas concert. They participate in the Young Ringers Festival in the spring. We practice on Tuesdays during the school day.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES – Preschool, TK, and Kindergarten prepare a Christmas program together. First through sixth grades prepare a special Christmas service that involves music and speaking parts to tell the Christmas story.

MUSICALS – Grades TK, K – 5th prepare a Christian musical that showcases their singing, dancing, and acting talents in the spring. This is often a highlight of the year.

Ask in the school office for registration forms for these groups.

CHAPEL

Our students experience an age appropriate Chapel service each Wednesday morning. It is a time for the students to hear the wonderful Gospel message of Jesus’ love for them and how they can grow in their personal relationship with their Savior. Music and prayer are an integral part of the Chapel service.

A chapel offering is taken each week. Chapel offerings go to help designated charities.

AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Abiding Savior offers a variety of after school activities for all grades – from sports to Lego with everything in between.

BELLS FOR JESUS is our hand bells group offered for students in 4th grade and above. It is open to both church and school children. They meet on Thursday afternoons from 3:15 – 4:15 PM in Music Room #207.

KINGDOM KIDS CHOIR is open to children in grades 1st – 6th. There are members from both the school and church. They rehearse on Tuesdays from 3:15-4:15 PM in Music Room #207. They also sing once a month in church, for concerts, and at festivals.

If you have any questions or are interested in joining any of the two groups listed above, please pick up a sign-up sheet in the school office. You may also email Mr. Mills for more information.

SHOWTIME DANCE CLASS

Showtime provides exposure to different styles of dance: Tap and Ballet. Weekly classes are offered in grades TK – 2nd. Classes are held on Thursdays from 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM. Registration forms are available in the school office.

AMAZING ATHLETES

If your child is in TK or Kindergarten and is interested in learning the fundamentals of baseball, hockey, basketball, soccer, football, volleyball and golf, this is the class for them. Classes are on Tuesdays from 12:30 PM – 1:05 PM. Registration forms are available in the school office.

CUB SCOUTS

There is still time to join the cub scout pack, for grades 1st – 4th. Volunteers to assist with the pack are also needed. Please email Mrs. April Harer for more information.

DAISY AND BROWNIE TROOPS

These groups meet after school on the Abiding Savior Lutheran School Campus. See the school office for information.

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

 At Abiding Savior Lutheran School we are dedicated to offering a variety of mission and service projects through out the school year.

There are three different ways in which the students serve. The first opportunity is through school wide chapel offerings. The students chose to support a mission each trimester by sending the chapel offerings to that ministry.

The second opportunity is through each individual class. Every class participates in their own service projects through out the school year as well. Classes have graciously done a number of projects including: adopting a child through World Vision, making cards for congregation members who are ill, beautifying different areas of campus, and preparing food for local homeless individuals.

Students package Operation Christmas Child Boxes on our annual service day. They also collect brand new toys for The Spark of Love Toy Drive. They participate in supporting NEGU.

Our Mission:

Joyfully and Intentionally Make and Nurture Disciples Who Make Disciples

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