March 2021
Here is a snapshot of the happenings at your school!
St. Paul's Spotlight
Meet St. Paul's After Care Staff
Order in the Court!
As the jury deliberated, the 7th-8th grade students paced around. Did the prosecution prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Alex Matsumoto was guilty of 1st degree murder? Or did the defense plant enough reasonable doubt?

No matter what the decision, both teams were superbly prepared for what turned out to be a nearly 2 hour drama-filled case full of accusations, passioned speeches, and tense cross examinations that had the crowd on the edge of their seats.
The jury did find Alex Matsumoto "not guilty." The victor in the end turned out to be critical thinking, teamwork, and public speaking, all of which learned and on display that day. We all left impressed by the God-given abilities of these students! 
St. Paul's: South Dakota Accredited
At the beginning of March, St. Paul's passed the reaccreditation process of the South Dakota Department of Education, earning our school accredited status through May 2027. What does it mean to be accredited by the state of South Dakota, and what is the benefit?
Being accredited means that our school meets or exceeds all the school quality standards set by the South Dakota Department of Eduation. This includes academic standards and rigor, background checks, safety procedures, staff certification, professional development procedures, and student privacy guarantees, just to name a few.

Why does our school choose to be accredited? Principal Gurgel explains, "The South Dakota accreditation standards give us benchmarks to ensure the safety of students and quality of instruction in our building. While we certainly could try to assess ourselves, having an outside agency do this increases our accountability. Our accreditation status also allows us to participate in programs like the South Dakota tax-credit scholarship, which helps families of all financial backgrounds afford to attend our school."
Pep Rally Tops Off Spirit Week
School spirit filled the school during the first week of March.  The students and teachers pulled out all the stops when it came to the daily dress up days - Favorite College Team, Pajama Day, Dress Your Best, St. Paul's Colors and GPL Colors.  A rousing Pep Rally was held as a send off for our teams for the Great Plains Lutheran basketball tournament.

Everyone entered the gym with smiles of delight as they high-fived our dinosaur greeter. It was a treat to hear the band for the first time this year.  All the students participated in a Shoot 2 game.  Baskets of candy were needed for all the points the kids made.  The cheerleaders did sideline cheers, floor cheers and a dance routine. The gym was filled with cheering fans as we celebrated our teams and coaches. To wrap up the pep rally, all in attendance bowed their heads in prayer as Mr. Gurgel lead us in prayer to thank and praise God and to ask him to watch over and bless our teams as they traveled to Watertown for the tournament.
Knights Impress at GPL Tournament
The Great Plains Lutheran basketball tournament is always a highlight for the 7th and 8th grade students. They were especially pleased that we were able to travel in our new bus to Watertown. We had teams compete in two separate divisions: the boys competitive division and the recreation division.

Our team in the boys competitive division came within 3 points of earning a trip to the championship game, as a last-second three-point attempt rattled out. Two other thrilling victories made this tournament an overall success. Congratulations to Easton Gosch for being named to the all-tournament team.

The recreation team finished 3-1 for the weekend, finishing 1st place in their pool. They also had two of their victories decided in the last minute.
God's Word in Preschool
Leo and Jesus Prays in the Garden
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