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First Lutheran School
Mission Statement:


  In order to accomplish this in an educational setting, First Lutheran provides a Christ-centered education for the children of First Lutheran congregation and for the churched and unchurched children without distinction to race, social-economic status or religious creed.

Our aim is to provide an education:
A. that is in agreement with the Old and New Testaments which we call the Holy Scriptures and believe to be the inspired Word of God, the only rule of faith and practice;

B. that promotes academic excellence, spiritual depth, and moral integrity, and enables the whole child to develop in a nurturing environment.

C. that trains students in the knowledge of and commitment to the Holy Scriptures as evidenced in word and deed, and enables them to share the Good News with others;

D. that prepares pupils for Godly participation in our society and world through stewardship of God's creation, serving fellowman, responsible citizenship, and the like.

First Lutheran acknowledges the trust placed in the school by its families.  First Lutheran holds in high regard the privilege it has been given of ministering to these families and assisting them in the Christian training and nurturing of their children.

The goal of the school is then, to lead each student to develop a strong relationship with his/her Lord and Savior; to develop each student's God-given spiritual, physical, mental, social and artistic gifts to his/her fullest potential; to help each student apply the wisdom of God's kingdom; to exercise Godly dominion over God's creation, and thereby glorify God and enjoy Him forever.



First Lutheran was established in 1884 and was called the German Lutheran School. In the beginning the primary purpose was to transmit the German language, culture and Lutheran faith. Pastor Theo Destinon was the first teacher and 32 enrolled students.

The first school building was erected in 1891 east of the church. The same year, the pastor was given permission to teach one-and-half hours instruction in English, a controversial decision at the time.

Pastor C. Dreyer was the school's first resident pastor/teacher who arrived in Glencoe in 1888. The congregation called its first full time teacher, F.W. Friedrich, in 1906.

The school building was moved in 1910 to four lots on 14th Street and a second classroom was added in 1911.

In 1934 the old wood framed school was removed and a brick building with two classrooms, a downstairs meeting room and kitchen was built. Between 1948 and 1950, a two level addition containing three classrooms and an auditorium was built.

Three "temporary" classrooms were added in 1973 and removed in 2000, when additional classrooms for preschool, kindergarten and first and second grades were built onto the church.

Currently the school has 8 teachers, a choir/music teacher and a principal for Grades Preschool – Grade 8. It includes all the core academic subjects, organized athletics, a STEM lab and a computer lab.

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Be Part of Our Christ-Centered Family

First Lutheran School serves the Glencoe and surrounding communities by providing a first rate education with Christian values. Our First Lutheran Preschool offers a warm and loving environment for children ages 3 & 4. Our school serves children in kindergarten through 8th grade and offers many opportunities for children, including small class size.
  • Our alumni have been valedictorians and salutatorians at local high schools eight times
  • Finished in the top three of the Lutheran Spelling Contest eight times
  • Qualified in the Minnesota Geographic Bee
  • Won the GSL District Spelling Contest five times
  • Won Championship in the Lutheran State Basketball Tournament
  • Participated in the Lutheran National Basketball Tournament in Valparaiso, IN
  • Tied for 14th in the 7th Grade Minnesota Math League
  • Participated in the Regional and State Science Fairs
Give us a call or stop by! You are always welcome to see our students



Written: 6/2017

The Mission of First Lutheran School:
Nurturing Spiritual and Academic Growth

First Lutheran School believes that children and youth who begin each day as healthy individuals can learn more and learn better and are more likely to have success in their education. First Lutheran School also believes that healthy staff can more effectively perform their assigned duties and model appropriate wellness behaviors for students. This policy encourages a holistic approach to staff and student wellness that is sensitive to individual needs.

Policy Leadership:
The principal shall implement and ensure compliance with the policy by leading the review, update, and evaluation of the policy.

Public Involvement:
First Lutheran School will invite a diverse group of stakeholders from the list below to participate in the development, implementation, and periodic review and update of the policy

● Principal
● Teachers
● Students
● SFA representative
● School nurse
● Parents
● Medical/Health care professionals

School Meals:
Nutrition services policies and guidelines for reimbursable meals shall meet federal and State of Minnesota regulations and guidelines established under the Healthy Hunger-free Kids Act of 2010 (www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/dietaryspecs.pdf).

Foods provided but not sold:
In compliance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s wellness policy rules, First Lutheran has adopted the following policy with regards to foods provided but not sold during the school day. This includes foods brought to school for various school functions, included but not limited to, birthdays, holiday celebrations, and school events. Teachers and staff will be provided with a list containing food suggestions for these occasions, which will encourage (but not require) items listed in the USDA’s Smart Snacks initiative. Students will also have the option to bring non-food items (stickers, pencils, bookmarks, books) for these celebrations. In addition, teachers and staff will follow these guidelines when rewarding students in class.

Food and Beverage Marketing:
First Lutheran will restrict food and beverage marketing to only those foods and beverages that meet the nutrition standards established in USDA’s Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in Schools (Smart Snacks) rule.

Nutrition Education:
First Lutheran School will teach, model, encourage and support healthy eating by all students. The school will provide nutrition education and engage in nutrition promotion that:
● Is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health;
● Is integrated into classroom instruction through subjects such as math, science, language arts, and social sciences;
● Includes enjoyable, developmentally-appropriate, and participatory activities, such as cooking demonstrations or lessons, taste-testing, and working in the school garden;
● Promotes fruits, vegetables, whole-grain products, low-fat and fat-free dairy products and healthy food preparation methods;
● Includes nutrition education training for teachers and other staff.

First Lutheran will include in the health education curriculum a minimum of two of the following essential topics on healthy eating in each classroom during a school year:
● Relationship between healthy eating and personal health and disease prevention
● Food guidance from MyPlate
● Reading and using FDA's nutrition fact labels
● Eating a variety of foods every day
● Balancing food intake and physical activity
● Eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grain products
● Choosing foods that are low in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol and do not contain trans fat
● Choosing foods and beverages with little added sugars
● Eating more calcium-rich foods
● Preparing healthy meals and snacks
● Risks of unhealthy weight control practices
● Accepting body size differences
● Food safety
● Importance of water consumption
● Importance of eating breakfast
● Making healthy choices when eating at restaurants
● Eating disorders
● The Dietary Guidelines for Americans
● Reducing sodium intake
● Social influences on healthy eating, including media, family, peers and culture
● How to find valid information or services related to nutrition and dietary behavior
● How to develop a plan and track progress toward achieving a personal goal to eat healthfully
● Resisting peer pressure related to unhealthy dietary behavior
● Influencing, supporting, or advocating for others’ healthy dietary behavior

Nutrition Promotion:
First Lutheran’s lunch program will use the Smarter Lunchroom Self-Assessment Scorecard to find ways to improve the meals that are offered to students.

Physical Activity:
The physical education program shall be designed to stress physical fitness and encourage healthy, active lifestyles. The physical education program shall consist of physical activities of at least moderate intensity and for a duration that is sufficient to provide a significant health benefit to students, subject to the differing abilities of students.
(a) Participation in such physical activity shall be required for all students in kindergarten through grade eight for a minimum average of thirty minutes per full school day.
(b) Such instruction shall be provided for grades K-8 through formal physical education courses, integration into other courses, and/or regularly scheduled school-wide activities.
(c) Students shall be provided varied opportunities for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and social interaction that will lead to a physically active lifestyle.

● Extracurricular activities (Football, volleyball, basketball, track and field)
● Field Day preparation and participation

Health Services:
An effective health care delivery system that promotes academic achievement by providing a broad scope of services from qualified health care providers will improve the mental and physical health of students and staff.
(a) Primary coordination of health services shall be through a trained school health care practitioner (School Nurse) approved by the GSL School District with the support and direction of First Lutheran School.
(b) First Lutheran School shall collaborate with community health liaisons and resources to promote health and wellness for students, families, staff and community.
(c) A coordinated program of accessible health services from GSL School District and First Lutheran School shall be provided to students and staff and shall include health screening, community health referrals, and immunizations, parenting skills, first aid and other priority health education topics.

Triennial Assessment:
First Lutheran will evaluate compliance with the Wellness Policy no less than once every three years. The assessment will include the extent to which First Lutheran is in compliance with the policy and how the policy compares to a model policy, as established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. First Lutheran’s Wellness Council will conduct this assessment. Included as part of an ongoing effort to help this policy be transformative, the Wellness Council will also meet twice during each school year of the triennium.

Informing the Public:
First Lutheran will actively inform families and our community about the content and updates of the School Wellness Policy. First Lutheran will also publish the School Wellness Policy to its website. It will be in a downloadable format.
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.