We hope that you have been enjoying your summer break and involving yourselves in fun and relaxing activities. Soon we will all be back in school beginning what we are sure, will be an excellent 2017-2018 school year.
Our department is personally committed to continuous improvement, the belief that all programs in a school can be improved no matter how good they are. Some items that the staff and I want to improve this year are: communication with parents and the LHS community about our programs, our school spirit, and encouraging students to be involved in a number of different activities during the school year! In order to get these things accomplished, inclusivity is the key; we look forward to working with you as we work together to make an already excellent school even better!
As we make plans for the upcoming school year, we wanted to share a few notes/reminders with you. Some of this information has previously been sent out…if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Activities Office. Here are some important details regarding the 2017-2018 school year:
—MSHSAA Pre-Participation Physicals – You must turn in your physical for the 2016-2017 school year prior to Monday, August 1. You will not be permitted to practice until you have this done. MSHSAA requires that your physical be dated after February 1, 2017 to be current for this season. A reminder that you also need to have at least 14 practices prior to a competition, so be sure that you submit your information in a timely fashion.
—Privit – The Lutheran High School Athletic Program is utilizing a new program to help collect and store the information required by MSHSAA for high school athletes to participate in sports. This new program allows parents to register their child for the athletic teams at Lutheran High School and e-sign all of the appropriate forms. Accounts will remain available from year-to-year to update as needed. To update your account or register for a new one, visit https://lhscougars-mo.e-ppe.com/index.jspa Note: Returning athletes MUST update their accounts each year and resign all forms.
— Athletic Schedules 2017-2018 – http://www.arbiterlive.com/School/Calendar/30140 The LHS Athletic program is transitioning its scheduling process to Arbiter Live.com. All team schedules will be available online and will update automatically with any changes. Parents and athletes will have the option to “follow” specific teams and receive emails and/or text messages when changes are made to games. Individual team schedules can be printed directly from the website. An ICAL link is also available to subscribe to specific team schedules.
—Booster Club – In 2017-2018, we are excited to continue building our Booster Club for LHS Activities! In preparation, meetings were had last spring to begin planning for this upcoming school year. Please contact Brady Westphal with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional details regarding the Booster Club can be found on our website: https://lutheranhighstcharles.com/support/booster-club/
—Fall Sports Start Date – All Fall sports practices will begin on Monday, July 31st. A complete listing of times and locations will be available on our website later in July. Further, please see our website for contact information for our fall coaching staff and sponsors. Please contact them directly with any questions regarding our programs at LHS.
—Athletic Fee – Please be reminded that the athletic fee for our fall sports is due one week before practices begin on July 31st. Fees are due by Monday, July 24. For complete details, please see the Philosophy/Mission/FAQs tab on the Athletic website https://lutheranhighstcharles.com/athletics/philosophymissionfaqs/
—Social Media – Have you signed up for a Twitter account yet? Updates on LHS activities are available on twitter. To follow our updates on twitter if you do not have an account, please go to https://twitter.com/lutherancougars. To have our tweets sent directly to your phone via SMS, you will need to sign up for a twitter account. Our main, all-encompassing account is…@LutheranCougars. Check out the team pages for “team specific” twitter accounts. https://lutheranhighstcharles.com/athletics/teams/
—Fall Activities Parent Meeting – It is mandatory for at least one parent to attend the fall activity parent meeting on Tuesday, August 8th at 6:30 pm in the LHS gymnasium. Additional details regarding this evening will be sent later in July. Again, this is mandatory for you to attend this 1 hour meeting.
—Pre-Season Video – In preparation for the Fall Activity Parent Meeting, you will view a video detailing the 2017-2018 school year, rules and regulations of the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA), the AAA Conference and Lutheran High School. Viewing this video BEFORE the Fall Sports Parent Meeting on August 8th is helpful. A link for this video will be sent to you via email and via social media in late July.
—Dead Week 2018 – We hope that you and your family will be able to enjoy a vacation during our dead week this coming week. Looking ahead to the summer of 2018 and because many families plan vacations around this week, the LHS coaching staff would like to let you know that the dead week for 2018 will be Saturday, June 30 through Sunday, July 8, 2018. Feel free to schedule vacations for this week next summer as well.
Again, through the remainder of the summer, if you have any questions, please contact the Activities Office.
Thank you and Go Cougars!
Assistant Athletic Director
Dr. Doug Kuhlmann, CMAA
Director of Activities