Grace Lutheran School


image001Paige Holden, GLS Class of 2009, is the class of 2013 Chain of Lakes Collegiate Salutatorian.  Congratulations, Paige!  You have made all of us at Grace Lutheran Church and School especially proud of you and your accomplishments.  Paige will attend Florida Southern College in the fall where she plans to major in Biology with an emphasis in Pre-Med. Keep up the great work!

We wish you nothing but the best as you begin your college career at FSC.  May God bless you and keep you in all your comings and goings.  Again, our sincerest congratulations!

Paige’s Many accomplishments and awards…..

Accelerated College Credit Diploma

Graduating with Highest Honors

Principal’s scholar

Polk State College Graduate AA degree Summa Cum Laude GPA 3.9

COL Department Award Junior English                                DSCN1016_010

COL Department Award Government

Florida’s Talented 20

COL Ambassador


Community Service Recognition

Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School Salutatorian GPA 4.59

Bright Futures Award

Lettered in both Varsity Soccer and Golf @ WHHS.

Awarded only freshman to start every Varsity game in soccer

FSC scholarship  ( Alderman Presidential Scholarship) totaling over $50,000.00 for 4 years


Congratulations to Sara Jayne Sutton, GLS Class of 2009!  Sara Jayne delivers her salutatory address as Salutatorian of Harrison School of the Arts in Lakeland, Florida.  Sara Jayne is a 2009 alumna of Grace Lutheran School and graduated from GLS as Co-Salutatorian at that time.  Sara Jayne continued her loved of volleyball after graduating GLS on the courts as a Lakeland High School Dreadnaught.  Her athletic ability has earned her an academic/athletic scholarship to play volleyball at the University of the South-Sewanee.  What an outstanding student athlete!

We congratulate Sara Jayne on her many accomplishments.  May God continue to bless you and keep you, Sara Jayne.  Best wishes as you begin your post-high school education.  All of us at Grace Lutheran Church and School are very proud of you!



Playing volleyball at Grace Lutheran School.

Playing volleyball at Grace Lutheran School.

Signing day-Sara Jayne is joined by her parents, Mark and Beth Sutton.  Sara Jayne will be playing for the University of the South-Sewanee.  Congratulations!

Signing day-Sara Jayne is joined by her parents, Mark and Beth Sutton. Sara Jayne will be playing for the University of the South-Sewanee. Congratulations!

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Proud to be a Lakeland Dreadnaught!

End of Year Field Trips and Activities

Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Students have been taking many end of the year field trips.  As the end of the year wraps up, enrichment opportunities abound.  A few of the activities are listed below:

May 16- 2nd grade attended Theater Winter Haven’s production of “The Little Mermaid.”

May 17- 3rd grade explored the countries at Epcot.

Friday, May 25 – 1st grade will explore the waters of Sea World.

Sports News-

Our GLS golf team took first place at that state tournament and Gage Carnes placed 2nd in the county tournament.

Fine Arts Happenings

May 10- Drama Club production of “The Boarding House Reach”.

May 14- K-5 Spring Musical was held in Trinity Hall.

May 22- Spring Arts Festival showcasing student art, writing, and musical talents.



Posted Monday, May 6, 2013

K-5 Spring Musical Tues. May 14 @ 7PM
LOCATION: Trinity Hall on our campus
Please join us for what promises to be a terrific evening. The event is free and open to the public and your guests. Come early to get a great seat. The students are in the gym practicing in the gym right now….they sound fabulous!k-5 schooll musical

Mrs. Tammi Straughn has been named Dean of Middle School Students at Grace Lutheran School.  Her roots run deep at GLS.  Mrs. Straughn was in the 5th grade the year the school opened in 1969.  She has been a member of Grace Lutheran Church for forty-six years and has been active in all areas of church and school ministry.  Teaching is her first passion as she taught sixth grade for eleven years and Spanish for three years at GLS before retiring for two years.  Rejoining the faculty and staff as the Director of Admissions three years ago, Mrs. Straughn now moves into another role as Dean of Middle School students while also continuing her position as Director of Admissions .  She recently said, “I’m thrilled to be back with the students, but don’t have stacks of  papers to grade.  I love it…it’s a dream come true.  I’ve missed the pulse of being with middle school students on a regular basis. They are the best and most fun to be around.”

Mrs. Straughn holds a BS Degree in Home Economics Education from Florida State University and a Masters Degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Florida.  She is married to Richard E. Straughn and has two children, Marie Straughn Prisco(Matthew W. Prisco) and James E. Straughn, both graduates of GLS.

Mrs. Straughn looks forward to making a difference in the lives of the young people she serves.  She officially begins her duties on Tues. April 2, 2013.

National Junior Honor Society Inducts New Members

Posted Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Walter H. Moeller chapter of the National Junior Honor Society inducted eight new members during the morning chapel service on Wed. March 13, 2013.  Scholarship, leadership, citizenship, and character along with a 3.5 academic gpa and regular worship attendance are qualifications leading to membership.

The chapter participates in service activities and hosts National Lutheran Schools Week special student event known as Rally Day.  Congratulations to our new members!

An evening of fun and celebration of Monumental Moments in the history of GLS!

Proceeds benefit the Grace Lutheran School Endowment Fun.

Saturday, April 13

Nora Mayo Hall-500 Third St. Northwest   Winter Haven

6-7PM  Champagne and Horsd’oeuvres/Silent Auction

7-8:30 PM  Dinner/Entertainment

8:30-9:00 PMConclude Silent Auction/Baskets Distributed/ Live Auction

9-11:00 PM  Dancing to “The Brass Heart Band”

Semi-formal attire

Tickets $50.00 per person

Valet Parking

Limited Seating

Contact Grace Lutheran School Office at 863.293.9744 for reservations.

Boosterthon Fun Run

Posted Thursday, February 21, 2013

Boosterthon Fun Run kick off was Wednesday, Feb. 20.  Team leaders inspire students in the area of character, leadership, attitude while encouraging the students to help their school by collecting pledges per lap for the Fun Run to be held next Friday March 1.  Last year was our first experience with Boosterthon…they are the best.  Students, faculty, and parents are excited to have them back on the GLS campus for another great event.  Please call the school office if you would like to make a pledge and support our school.


Family Events- Season of Lent

Posted Thursday, February 21, 2013

Our mid-week Lenten family events are great opportunities for families of all shapes and sizes to join together around God’s Word, a tasty dinner, and other people wanting to know Christ more.  Activities include the following:

5:00 Crafts

5:30-5:50  Family devotion time

5:30-6:45- Dinner

7:00 Pm Worship

Please join us for any or all of the activities.  We would love to see you on Wednesday evenings…a time to be together with family.


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