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8th grade students in class

In a recent compare/contrast writing assignment in 8th grade, students afforded us the "lived experience" of going to school––online and in-person––in a pandemic. We’ve included two of their essays here. Together, they illuminate those those issues that you might expect to be important to a middle-school student––and some that might surprise you, as well.

We thank these 8th graders for giving us permission to publish their "compare and contrast" essays, and we celebrate the resilience of students who remind us: a) both [learning] situations "end up being okay" and b) "God has a plan for us." 

Read more about this article about In Their Words: RCLS 8th graders on 'School in a Pandemic'
Albert Einstein quote

The Book Fair benefits RCLS students twice––first because it is an opportunity to purchase new books of their own, and then because 25% of a student’s purchase is credited back to the school library for its shelves. It’s a win-win, and just before a colder season when we all likely are to be home more often than usual, we think it’s a particularly good time to stock up on books. Take a look at this recommended book list, then head over to to find the Virtual Book Fair!

Read more about this article about Book Shopping Made Simple: It's Time for the Scholastic Book Fair
5th grade students in class

One of the ways we may think about the Christian life is to see it as a journey. It is this “way”––this journey–– that is the organizing theme of our collective contemplation this year at RCLS. As is our tradition, we have adopted a visual representation of the theme, a logo that is printed on t-shirts and banners around the school. Mrs. Kelly Hicks, the logo’s designer, shared her inspiration with us.

Read more about this article about Visualizing the Way of Faith
8th grade class of 2020

Every year we think we are graduating the best group of kids and sending them on to succeed in high school, but this year, we are particularly sure that is so. In the midst of what is likely the most unusual end to a school year that we’ve ever seen in the U.S., RCLS is graduating a remarkable class of 38 students. They are all promising, young people––the sort of youth that should give us great anticipation for good things to come. 

Read more about this article about Introducing the RCLS Graduating 8th-Grade Class of 2020
Kindergarten students

Just before Minnesota’s governor closed school campuses in March, RCLS's School Counselor, Ms. Sarah Pease, submitted this article and book list for the blog. We had earlier talked about what resources she might provide to help parents facilitate the development of empathy in their students. When we talked, we could not have imagined that our nation would be in such a circumstance as we are now, when empathy, camaraderie, and a sense of collective effort are the tools that might help us navigate through our days. We hope this time––and these recommendations––encourage your efforts to develop empathy in your children. 

Read more about this article about A Time to Teach Empathy: Resources for Home


Rochester Central Lutheran School is a private, Christian school for Rochester-area Preschool-Grade 8 students.

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RCLS admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.