Christ-Centered Education.

It is our mission to assist parents in providing a Christ-centered,

classical, Lutheran education

so that children are prepared for life in their church,

life in their home and community, and life everlasting.

 

 

 

WELCOME TO MOUNT HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH

 

We are a confessional Lutheran congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). Committed to teaching the truth of God’s Word, with Christ crucified for sinners at the center, our worship follows the historic liturgy of the Church. We sing the great hymns of past and present that reflect the reverence, dignity, and joy of the Christian confession.

We are a diverse church, both young and old, from all kinds of backgrounds, all united under God’s Word – “One Lord, one faith, one Baptism, one God, and Father of us all” (Ephesians 4:5-6).

To learn more about who we are, what we believe, and how we serve and proclaim Christ our Lord, please explore this website, read Pastor Preus’ sermons, and check out the many opportunities to hear and study God’s Word. Don’t hesitate to call or email us with any questions. We’d love to talk with you!

You’re welcome also to explore our school and our commitment to educating children in the Christian faith and the classical tradition.

 

Academics

Classical Curriculum

With Christ at the center, Mount Hope Lutheran School is a classical, Lutheran school providing education based on the liberal arts curriculum of the past in order to prepare students for life in the world of today.  Expectations are high, discipline is strict, and memorization is vital.  The classical curriculum cultivates in students the ability to think broadly, deeply, and creatively.

Kindergarten - 8th

 

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Pre-Kindergarten

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Guidelines

  • School Guidelines

    Behave responsibly.

      Students will be held accountable for their behavior.

     

    Respect authority.

    Students will honor and obey the pastor, headmaster, teachers, parents, and others in authority.

     

    Respect others.

      Students will show care and concern for the safety and space of others.

     

    Respect yourself.

      Students will use good health and safety habits.

      Students will set a Christian example in word and deed.

     

    Respect the school environment.

      Students will show proper care for the property of the church and school.

     

    Certain items are prohibited on school grounds at any time: guns, knives, lighters, alcohol, drugs, or other illegal substances.  Other items prohibited on school grounds during school hours include:  toys, money (aside from milk/lunch money or chapel offering), gum, and electronic devices such as iPods, iPads, video cameras, digital cameras, and cell phones.  Any exceptions must be arranged between parent and teacher.  Any student given permission to bring a cell phone or other electronic device to school must turn it in to the teacher upon entering the building and may receive it again at dismissal time.

     

    Visitors:  Parents are always welcome in the classroom.  Due to our rigorous curriculum and schedules, the fewest number of interruptions is ideal to maintain the learning environment.

    Consequently, we request your visit be scheduled in advance with the teacher or headmaster.

    We ask all parents and visitors to our school to sign our visitor log and wear a “Guest” sticker.

     

     

  • Attendance & Tardy Guidelines

    Regular and punctual attendance is absolutely necessary for the benefit of your child.  Late students interrupt the entire class.  Please keep absences to a minimum as it is difficult for your child to catch up on lessons missed.  If your child will be absent, please call the school between 7:45–8:15 a.m.  This is for the security of your child.  The school secretary will begin calling at 8:15 a.m. to check on student absences.  In addition, we ask that you contact the teacher to discuss prearranged absences.

     

    Students who are not in class by 8:00 a.m. are counted tardy and must stop at the school secretary’s desk to sign in and obtain a tardy pass.  After three unexcused tardies in a nine-week period, the Headmaster will contact the parent to discuss the reason for the tardiness.

  • Dress Code

    Appearance - Students will dress according to the dress code.  Clothing will be clean and neat at all times.

     

    K-5th Grades

    Shirts

    School shirts must be purchased from Educational Outfitters.  Students in grades K-5 wear polo shirts in red, white, or navy blue, either long- or short-sleeved.  Parents may purchase as many or as few shirts as they would like, in whatever combination they choose.  One exception is that a navy blue shirt, either long- or short-sleeved, will be required for Fridays and performance days.  Students may wear a plain white shortsleeved t-shirt under the polo shirt if desired. Students will wear school shirts on a daily basis.  Shirts must be tucked in at all times. When placing the order, parents are to have the school logo put on by Educational Outfitters.

     

    Pants

    Students will wear plain (no extra pockets, zippers, drawstrings, etc.), “Dockers”-style slacks in navy blue, tan khaki, or black.  Slacks should be neither too tight (clinging to the body) nor too loose (falling off the body).  Slacks must have belt loops and be neat and in good condition.

     

    Skirts

    Girls have the option of wearing the slacks or a navy blue, tan khaki, or black knee-length or longer skirt.  Jumpers and skorts are not permitted.  Girls may purchase bicycle shorts to wear under skirts.

    Sweaters Students may wear a navy blue sweater or sweater vest.  This sweater may be crew or cardigan style (button-type only).  Hoodies and sweatshirts are not permitted.

     

    6th-8th Grades

    Shirts

    Boys must wear button-down collar shirts in either white, light blue, or French blue Oxford cloth, either long- or short-sleeved.  Girls must wear either button-down or plain collar blouses in white, light blue, or French blue Oxford cloth, either long- or shortsleeved.  Students may wear a plain white short-sleeved t-shirt under the blouse or shirt if desired.  Students will wear school shirts on a daily basis.  Shirts must be tucked in at all times.  When placing the order, parents are to have the school logo put on by Educational Outfitters.

     

    Pants

    Students will wear plain (no extra pockets, zippers, drawstrings, etc.), “Dockers”-style slacks in navy blue, tan khaki, or black.  Slacks should be neither too tight (clinging to the body) nor too loose (falling off the body).  Slacks must have belt loops and be neat and in good condition.

     

    Skirts

    Girls have the option of wearing the slacks or navy blue, tan khaki, or black knee-length or longer skirts.  Jumpers and skorts are not permitted.

     

    Sweaters

    Students may wear a navy blue sweater or sweater vest.  The sweater may be v-neck, round-neck, or cardigan style (button-type only).  Students may not wear hoodies or sweatshirts in class.

    Ties  Boys must have a solid dark red or navy tie for Fridays and performance events.

     

    All Grades

    Shorts

    Knee-length dress shorts may be worn when the temperature is forecast to be 70 degrees or above, including Fridays.  The shorts must conform to the same standards as the pants —navy, tan khaki, or black, and must be plain in style with belt loops.

     

    Belts

    A plain black or brown belt must be worn at all times.

    Socks  Boys must wear plain navy, black, or tan socks to match the pants.  Girls may wear plain white, navy, black, or tan socks or navy, black, or white tights.

     

    Shoes

    Black or brown dress shoes must be worn.  No clogs, backless shoes, platform shoes, or shoes with high heels are allowed.  Athletic shoes and socks may be worn only during recess or PE.

    Hair  Both boys’ and girls’ hair is to be clean and neatly combed. Small hair accessories that

    coordinate with the uniform and are not distracting are permitted for girls. Inappropriate hair items will be confiscated.

     

    Cosmetics

    Colored cosmetics of any kind are not permitted except clear or pale pink nail polish. Chapstick is permitted, but lip-gloss is not.  Girls in grades 6-8 may use tasteful amounts of natural-colored cosmetics as blemish cover-up.  Eye make-up, blush, lipstick, or other colored make-up products are not allowed.  Any student not complying with these guidelines will have to wash cosmetics off before going to class.  Tattoos or any drawing on the skin are also not permitted.  Such markings must be removed before a student is allowed to go to class.

     

    Jewelry

    Jewelry such as a watch, necklace with a cross, or one small ring on each hand are acceptable for boys and girls.  Girls may wear one small stud-type earring in the lobe of each ear.  Boys may not wear earrings.  No other body jewelry is allowed.  All jewelry should complement the school uniform.  Inappropriate items will be confiscated.

     

    Fridays and Performance Events - For grades K–5, the navy blue shirt, either long- or shortsleeved, is required.  Boys must wear tan khaki pants.  Girls must wear tan khaki pants or skirt. For grades 6–8, the white shirt/blouse, either long- or short-sleeved, is required.  Boys must wear navy pants and dark red or navy tie.  Girls must wear navy pants or skirt.  No shorts are permitted for performance events.

     

    Educational Outfitters:

    Pants, skirts, shoes, socks, and belts may be purchased anywhere the family chooses, but each item must conform to the Mt. Hope Lutheran School Uniform Dress Code.  If you have any questions regarding the acceptability of any of these items, please ask before you purchase them, or save your receipt and bring the item in to the school for approval.

     

     

  • Grievance Guidelines

    Occasionally parents and teachers have misunderstandings and disagreements.  Rather than allowing frustration and resentment to grow, we request that you follow our Grievance Guidelines. These Guidelines help to build and sustain the love which God commands us to have toward our neighbor and to improve our school.  Ephesians 4:25–27, 31–32 is especially significant for this purpose:

     

    Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.  Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil . . . Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.  Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

     

    Likewise, these Guidelines will help us keep James 4:11–12:

     

    Do not speak evil against one another, brothers.  The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law.   But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.  There is only one lawgiver and judge, He Who is able to save and to destroy.  But who are you to judge your neighbor?

     

    We expect all matters of concern to follow the general outline of Matthew 18:15–17:

     

    If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone.  If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.  But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.  If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church.

     

    Matthew 18 directs us first to the person with whom we have the concern. The most effective means toward resolution is to initiate honest and open communication.  In most cases the concern is quickly resolved and a stronger relationship is often an added benefit.

     

    If unresolved, we may ask for intervention and support from the next level of authority. Every effort will be made to bring about communication between the parties involved leading to resolution and Christian reconciliation (Matthew 5:23–24).

     

    The order of authority in any concern is:

    • First and foremost, to the person with whom we have a concern as noted above.

    • Otherwise, the following order should be observed:

    • the Teacher
    • the Headmaster
    • the Pastor
    • the Board of Education

    It is the responsibility of the Headmaster to help facilitate this process and bring about reconciliation.

     

     

  • Lunch Room and Library Guidelines

    Lunch Room Guidelines

    Lunch period is from 12:00–12:20 p.m. for Kindergarten-8th grades.  No pop or candy is allowed.  Boys and girls may not share food without special permission.  All uneaten food is to be taken home.  Milk is provided at a cost of 25 cents (cash only).  Special lunch days may be planned throughout the year.  Recess for Kindergarten-5th grade follows from 12:20-12:40 p.m.

     

    Library Guidelines

    Each student may check out two books at a time. Students who fail to return their books lose the privilege of checking out new ones. If a book is still missing after a month, a note will be sent home with the book title and its price, so that the student or his parents may reimburse the school. This is done so that the student may be able to check out books again.

     

    It is the policy of Mount Hope Lutheran School that books returned damaged must be paid for.

    Failure to make satisfactory arrangements will result in all of the following: a) Mount Hope Lutheran School will not release the student’s final report card, b) Mount Hope Lutheran School will not release the student’s academic records, c) the student will have his library privileges suspended.

     

    The librarian is under the supervision of the Headmaster and the Board of Education.  Book needs are prioritized after consultation with the school faculty. The library reserves the right to pass on or to return book donations.

     

    Field Trips

    Students occasionally go on field trips.  Such trips include Christmas caroling, bowling, house events, and junior high trips.  Within the first two weeks of school parents are to sign permission forms for their children and turn them in to the school secretary.  The school will keep these forms on file but you will be notified before your student goes on a field trip.

     

    If you would like to drive for a field trip, please turn in a photo copy of your driver’s license and your auto insurance.  Mount Hope will also have to run a back-ground check on you.  Thanks for helping us keep our children safe.

     

    Birthdays and Parties

    Birthdays and Baptism birthdays will be recognized in chapel and/or classrooms.  If your child wishes to share a treat with his class, we will set aside a time to enjoy it.  Invitations to private birthday parties are not to be distributed at school.  Please mail your invitations.

     

    During holiday times of the year, the students will be serving our community by singing for nursing homes, shut-ins, and local businesses.  There will not be classroom parties.

     

     

  • Classroom Rules

    Listen carefully.

      Matthew 13:43b  “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

     

    Be obedient.

    Romans 13:1  "Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities.  For there is no authority except from God, and authorities that exist are appointed by God."

     

    Respect people and property.

      Matthew 7:12a “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them.”

     

    Do your personal best. 

               Proverbs 12:27b  "Diligence is man’s precious possession."

     

    Keep a place for everything and everything in its place.

      I Corinthians 14:40  "Let all things be done decently and in order. "

     

    Consequences Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

    The consequences for breaking the rules are:

    1. Warning
    2. Yellow slip
    3. Yellow slip with check.  Stay in at recess
    4. Yellow slip with two checks.  Stay in three recesses and note to parents.
    5. Red slip.  This means your student received three yellow slips in one day, or was bullying, cheating, fighting, disrespectful of authority, lying or stealing.  The student will be sent home for the remainder of the day.  The student and parent must meet with the headmaster before returning to class.

     

    3rd-8th

    The consequences for breaking the rules are:

    1. Yellow slip. Lose 5-10 minutes of break/recess time.
    2. Yellow slip with check.  Lose one break or recess.
    3. Detention.
    4. Suspension for the remainder of the day.  Student and parent must meet with the headmaster before returning to class.  In addition, bullying, cheating, fighting, disrespect of authority, lying, or stealing will result in immediate suspension.  Repeated offenses may result in expulsion.

     

    Discipline Guidelines

    Parents and teachers accept the challenge “to train a child in the way he should go,” (Proverbs 22:6).  Cooperation between home and school in the interest of the child is a necessary component of education.  In Christian education, the home, church, and school must work closely together.  In handling behavior problems, the following measures may be taken:

     

    a. Teacher and Child

    The teacher will work with the student to develop confession and absolution and to apply appropriate consequences for misbehavior (such as time out, loss of recess, detention, separation from other students, a visit to the headmaster’s office, a call to parents).

     

    b. Child, Teacher, Parents and/or Headmaster

    If the problem is not resolved in step one, either the parents of headmaster are included to help bring about correction, confession, and forgiveness.

     

    c. Child, Teacher, Parents, and Headmaster/Pastor

    If the efforts of step two have not resolved the conflict, the headmaster and or pastor will meet with the teacher, parents, and child.  If the student recognizes his guilt, the teacher and headmaster will forgive him and help him correct his ways.  If a resolution cannot be achieved, suspension or dismissal are viable options.  In cases of flagrant misbehavior (e.g. bullying, rank disrespect, lying, cheating, stealing, profanity, physical violence, irreverence), steps two and three may be employed immediately.

     

     

Accreditation

Mount Hope Lutheran School is accredited by the Consortium for Classical and Lutheran Education (CCLE).

News and Activities

School Calendar

Opportunities

Worship Services, Bible Study, Sunday School, Confirmation

In addition to our school, Mount Hope Lutheran Church provides:

  • Sunday morning worship at 9:00 a.m. with Sunday school and Bible study at 10:30 a.m.
  • Chapel at 8:05 a.m., Monday-Thursday, and 2:45 p.m. on Fridays.
  • Wednesday evening services during Advent and Lent.
  • Catechism instruction offered to grades 4-6.

During select times, Adult Catechism Class will be available for those interested in knowing more about Lutheran theology and/or becoming members.

Parent Teacher Organization

Parents of all Mount Hope Lutheran School students are automatically members of the school’s Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO).

 

The PTO exists to support the school with fund-raising efforts, maintain open lines of communication between parents and school staff, and help parents

stay closely involved with their child’s schooling.

 

 

Latin Study Club

After the school routine is settled, watch for information about Latin Study Club. This group is for teachers, parents, church members, and friends who want to study Latin together.

 

 

Contact Mount Hope Lutheran

Get in touch

Our school secretary is available to answer phones from 7:45 a.m. – noon, Monday through Friday. If you call in the afternoon and nobody answers the phone, please leave a message and we’ll get back to you.

Church Phone: 307-234-8428

School Phone: 307-234-6865

Where to find us

Mt. Hope Lutheran Church & School, LCMS, 2300 S. Hickory Casper, WY 82604

 

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We are a confessional Lutheran congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). Committed to teaching the truth of God’s Word, with Christ crucified for sinners at the center, our worship follows the historic liturgy of the Church. We sing the great hymns of past and present that reflect the reverence, dignity, and joy of the Christian confession.