Today our school launched a new initiative to further enhance the already amazing climate and culture of our school.
We are implementing the “House System” in which every student and staff member will take part to create a strong community of learners. Through this initiative, each student will be sorted into a house. These houses will have students of all grade levels in them as well as a variety of staff members. Students and staff will stay in the same house for the duration of their time here at Ascension Lutheran School.
Students and staff will work together throughout the year and beyond, to build strong bonds and relationships that will allow them to feel more connected to our school. Our goal is for students to feel as if they truly know all the staff and students in our school and that we are united as one.
Each house represents a specific fruit of the spirit. Our four houses are JOY, PEACE, KINDNESS, and FAITHFULNESS and will work together to represent the quality they represent with pride. Houses will meet throughout the year to participate in team bonding activities, work on Habitudes and complete special projects together.
Students will also be earning points for their houses. Points are a way that we will be reinforcing the positive behavior exhibited by our amazing students. There will even be some friendly house competitions throughout the year to see who will be our eventual “House Champion” for the school year.
We encourage families to participate in this experience as well. Ask your children about their house, show pride in their house by wearing house colors or coming to our assemblies and get involved in our awesome community. Our school community is not just the students and staff, but you, the parents, as well! We look forward to working together with you to grow our community.
Take a look at the link below for our introduction video that we premiered to all of our students!
Choosing the Right School for You – Ascension Lutheran School is hosting its 4th annual “High School Fair” on Wednesday, November 14, from 7:00-8:00 PM in Founder’s Hall. This is a great opportunity to get information on private, public, and online high schools as you determine which school is the right fit for you! This event is open to our school families, church families, and the community. Come and take advantage of this great opportunity to explore over a dozen high schools in a short time frame!
High Schools in Attendance: Oaks Christian, Louisville, Crespi, Chaminade, Vista Del Real Charter, Century Academy School, Newbury Park High School, Thousand Oaks High School, Westlake High School, Villanova Prep, Grace Brethren, La Reina, Saint Bonaventure High School, Newbury Park Adventist.
We are thrilled to introduce our new Music Teacher, Ms. Milligan! Ms. Milligan is a graduate of California Lutheran University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with an emphasis in Music Education and a minor in Biology. She has been worship leading at churches and ELCA events for the past five years, including serving as Praise Band Director at Mount Cross Lutheran Church in Camarillo. Additionally, she has been teaching music at a private studio for the past two years. Ms. Milligan has a passion for teaching vocal and instrumental skills to youth, inspiring students to use their musical gifts in worship and their daily life. Outside of music and worship, she loves to spend her time outside rock climbing, hiking, and trail running with her wonderful dog, Dakota! Ms. Milligan, who grew up attending church at Ascension, is extremely excited to be working here knowing first-hand what a supporting, nurturing, and encouraging community it is!
At Ascension, we truly believe that middle school should be a time for students to flourish, not to fear. It is our joy to see our students grow into bold, compassionate, and confident leaders through their middle school years. Our comprehensive approach, with a focus on educating the whole student in a caring Christian community, produces graduates who go on to excel in high school and beyond. Highlighted below are 14 ways we help ensure middle school students thrive at Ascension:
- Exceptional teachers who truly know and genuinely care for each student.
- Small class sizes (20 average class size) foster close relationships, lifelong friendships, and facilitate academic excellence.
- Hands-on service learning projects build compassion as students gain an understanding of some of the issues facing our world and how they can be part of the solution.
- Spanish class is incorporated in the schedule for all students. When students graduate from 8th grade they have completed the high school Spanish I curriculum and are prepared to advance to Spanish II if they choose.
- Leadership opportunities abound including athletics, student council, student ambassadors, leading worship, performing arts, and more.
- Music education is offered for all grade levels providing exposure to music history, composers, instruments, vocal performance, and more.
- Athletic teams are offered for grades 5-8 in football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, and co-ed volleyball. Ascension participates in the Tri-Valley Christian Athletic League.
- True electives where students choose from a different slate of courses each trimester.
- Annual Outdoor Education Trips provide students with enriching learning experiences that encourage them to grow personally, academically, and socially. These trips culminate in an 8th-grade class trip to Washington DC.
- Time learning outside! Our Outdoor Classroom and Organic Teaching Garden provide students with learning and growth opportunities beyond the classroom.
- Small peer advisory groups offer an avenue for leadership development, study skills, and deeper friendships to emerge.
- Valuable mentoring experience as our older students are paired with a younger buddy who the older students mentor and lead in a variety of learning activities and get to attend chapel together every week.
- Access to technology including our one to one iPad program, a mobile computer lab, and the Makerspace equips students as 21st-century learners and problem solvers with skills in coding and robotics.
- A strong faith foundation means students leave here grounded in a knowledge of who and whose they are.
Learn more about Ascension’s Middle School Program:
We are so excited to welcome all our students on campus at the Back to School Fair on Thursday, August 23. Here is a schedule for the day:
- TK-4 Teacher Meet and Greet, 11:30AM-12:00 PM on the School Playfield
- Grade 5 Locker Assignment and Orientation, 11:30AM-12:00 PM
- Grade 6-8 Locker Assignment, 12:00-12:30 PM
- Back to School Fair, 12-1:00 PM in the Gym – You won’t want to miss this opportunity to check out all the exciting programs we have to offer. This is your chance to find where you’ll shine this school year! Learn about choir, student council, athletics, enrichment opportunities and more.
First Community Service Project of the Year! We will be collecting bars of bath soap for Lutheran World Relief – helping people who live in poverty-stricken nations to stay clean, keep germs at bay, and present themselves with dignity. Bring your donations to the Community Service Table at the back-to-school fair!
In Spanish class, Ascension 2nd and 3rd-grade students participated in a symbolic butterfly migration along with over 60,000 students in the United States and Canada. Our students created beautiful individual and class butterflies that were sent to Mexico for the winter.
The butterflies’ fall flight was timed to correspond with the real monarchs’ journey south. The paper butterflies arrived in Mexico in early November, to coincide with the arrival of the real monarchs. Mexican students from the sanctuary region greeted the butterflies and watched over them during the winter months. At the same time in the mountains nearby, the entire eastern population of North American monarch butterflies was resting in Mexico for the winter.
In the spring, our students were delighted to receive new butterflies symbolizing their migratory return from the south. The butterflies even came back with special notes chronicling their journey from their destination in North America, to Mexico, and back. The symbolic butterfly migration project was a great exercise providing knowledge about animal adaptations, building bridges of communication between students in Mexico and North America, and learning authentic lessons of conversation, cooperation, and ambassadorship.
Open House Night is the perfect opportunity to see all that our students accomplish in a year! For families who are newly enrolled or considering Ascension, this evening offers a unique time to become more connected with our community!
Open House: Wednesday, May 23, 5:30-7:00 PM
1600 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks
New/Prospective Student Information Fair: 5:30-6:00 PM in the lobby area of the Sanctuary. Upon arrival, please check in at the Welcome Table outside the Sanctuary. We are excited to offer this time exclusively for our new families to get more acquainted with our campus!
Open House: 6:00-7:00 PM throughout campus. You are encouraged to explore campus – visit classrooms, tour special art and science displays, visit the Book Fair, and meet some of our current families and make new friends! Please note, while you will have opportunities to visit the classrooms and chat briefly with teachers, it is suggested that you schedule a conference if you would like focused time with a teacher to have your questions answered.
Please RSVP by completing the form below:
This week, our middle school students are learning beyond the classroom as each grade-level (5-8) embarks on an outdoor education trip! “It is exciting that we are able to offer such a well-rounded Outdoor Education program to all of our middle school students each year,” says principal Karen Jonas. “I can’t wait to hear about all their wonderful adventures and always love seeing how they grow intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally through these experiences.” Here is a quick summary of their exciting adventures:
8th Grade is spending a week in Washington DC. They definitely make the most of the experience, as each fun-filled day is jam-packed with site seeing. The list of places they visit includes the US Capitol Building, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, a bike tour of the monuments and memorials, Mount Vernon, National Cathedral, Newseum, Bible Museum, Air and Space Museum, National Archives, American History Museum, Arlington Cemetary, Gettysburg, Ford’s Theatre, National Museum of the Marine Corps, and a performance by Twilight Tattoo. Hosted by Christian Discoveries, this trip is a great culmination to their studies at Ascension, tying in what they have been learning in religion and U.S. history while building memories that will last a lifetime!
This year, grades 6 and 7 have the opportunity to explore the beautiful Santa Monica mountains while staying at Camp Shalom in Malibu. It is an exciting week of hiking, exploring, learning, and worshiping together. Their trip includes a boat ride to explore Santa Cruz Island and a day trip to Leo Carillo State Beach.
Each year, 5th Graders go to camp at El Camino Pines. They can look forward to building community and worshiping together in a beautiful outdoor setting with fabulous camp counselors. Their program includes science and environmental lessons such as pollution studies, earthquakes, fire ecology, and astronomy. They even have the option to learn survival skills or try archery! Students had the nice surprise of arriving to snow falling on Tuesday!
Interested in learning more about how Ascension offers an enriching learning environment for Middle School? We invite you to schedule a tour today!
Each year, Ascension students, age 4-years through 8th-grade from our church and school, plant and grow tomato seeds beginning in February. The annual tomato sale at Ascension provides our students with opportunities to:
- Develop a sense of marketing and business practices
- Discover the basics of gardening
- Learn to care for creation and eat healthily
- Identify intersection points with science, math, writing and religion curriculum
- Raise funds to support our Organic Teaching Garden
- Build community amongst other students, school families, church members and the wider Conejo Valley
Join us for this year’s Tomato Sale – happening on Earth Day Weekend!
Friday, April 20, 2:30-5:30 PM (with farm animals onsite!), Saturday, April 21, 5:30-7:30, and
Sunday, April 22, 9:00-1:30 (with a picnic lunch at noon).
With 35 varieties of tomatoes available, we have developed a helpful guide to help you decide! Check out the 2018 Tomato Variety Descriptions.