Elective hour at Zion Lutheran School is when middle school and junior high students (5th-8th) get the opportunity to pick from some new, fun offerings to compliment their curriculum and all choices take place during the school day. The wide variety of choices for elective hours ensures that students are provided a strong foundation of learning while being exposed to different interests. There is something for everyone.
***Due to COVID guidelines and restrictions, we are currently not offering elective hour, but are looking closely at ways to integrate this great offering back into the school day.***
Elective hour choices have included the following (these vary within each semester of the school year):
Art Club – Provides additional time in the study of artists and artwork; projects may be individual or group.
Axis & Allies – War Simulation Games “The perfect vehicle for gaining further insight into World War II” your Chance to rewrite history.
World of Business – Investigating what is needed to start a business, a space, finances, commercials, strategy and much more.
Yearbook – Help assemble the all-school yearbook, a keepsake for the entire student body each and every year.
Knitting – Students are learning the basics of knitting and by the end of the semester, will have knit a scarf.
Lynae (Mathews) Hoercher, Teacher at Zion and Alum
“My name is Lynae Hoercher and my Zion story is very special to me. I grew up going to Zion Church where every Sunday was a family affair. My grandparents, aunt and uncle, cousins and my immediate family have all attended church at Zion and/or went to school here…”
Suzanne Bollmeier – mom of two Zion Lions
“We chose Zion because we were interested in a school that provides not only excellent academic offerings, but also a strong Lutheran foundation…”
Lance and Michelle Rensing, family with two Zion Lions
“Our family moved from Florida and a small charter school to Belleville and a year of public school. Public school was not conducive to our son’s learning style or challenge level. Our niece attended Zion from preschool through 8th grade and had nothing but positive things to say about attending Zion. We chose Zion after we toured the school with our son and talked with teachers and students…”
The Seaman Family
Our son began attending Zion in fifth grade and although he was the “new kid” the Zion community immediately demonstrated Christian values as he was welcomed warmly by students, teachers, and administrators. As parents, we are impressed by the cohesive curriculum that is aligned across lessons and subject areas designed to provide depth, spark curiosity,… Read more “The Seaman Family”
Becky Bertram, mom of three Zion Lions
“We chose Zion because we wanted our kids to go to a school where they would be encouraged to grow in their relationship with God, and where each of our three children could receive a unique education, tailored to their individual needs…”
Kelly Skaff, mom of four Zion Lions and one alum
“When our oldest child was starting Kindergarten, we chose Zion for the small class sizes. At that time, we had no idea we were also becoming part of a wonderful community. Zion has given our children challenging academics, the opportunity to play team sports, a great music program including band, choir, and private music lessons, and enriching opportunities for public speaking through plays and leading chapel. Most importantly, Zion has helped our children build a strong faith foundation…”
Phallisha Curtis, mom of one Zion Lion
“Our son has attended Zion since pre-school and he is now in junior high. We chose Zion based upon the recommendation of family friends whose children attended Zion. We liked the pre-school, before and after school child care, academic and extra-curricular options all grounded in Christian love…”
Tricia Burge – mom of current Zion Lion and one ZLS alum
“Our family chose Zion Lutheran School because of its long history of providing a high quality, affordable education coupled with a Christ-centered approach to teaching not just an engaging and challenging curriculum, but also wholly dedicated to reinforcing strong morals and values. And we could not be more pleased with our choice…”
The Wolf Family
Zion Lutheran School has been an outstanding place for our children to learn and grow! The Zion highlights that are important to our family include: 1. Exceptional curriculum taught in a small class setting 2. Extracurricular offerings including sports, choir, and chess club 3. Religious education and weekly chapel visits 4. Opportunities for parents to volunteer… Read more “The Wolf Family”
The Roderick Family! Dad, Joe, mom, Nicole and son, Hudson
We chose Zion back in 2017 when looking for a preK for our son. It was important to us that he receives a Christian education in a loving environment. The love and education he has been given these past 5 years at Zion is more than we could have imagined. The small class sizes are a… Read more “The Roderick Family! Dad, Joe, mom, Nicole and son, Hudson”
Kristi Edwards and her daughter, Kinsley
I chose Zion for my daughter because I wanted her to follow in my footsteps, I too was a Zion student. I wanted her to be in a school environment that was loving, caring and safe; a school that is Christ centered and committed to planting and nurturing a Christian lifestyle…
Jennika Denery, mom of one Zion Lion
“We are so thankful to be part of Zion! We chose Zion because the peace of our child is our top priority, and Zion brings solid education with foundational truth which encourages peace in her life and the lives of all Zion students…”
Crystal Dallas – mom of two Zion Lions
“Our children’s education is very important to us. We wanted a school that would nurture their mind, body and spirit. Before visiting Zion Lutheran School, we conducted extensive research and visited several other area schools. We attended an open house event at Zion Lutheran School and there was just a feeling of belonging…”
The Harper Family
There’s a saying that “it takes a village to raise a child”! As a retired military family, we were well aware of our need for a dependable support system. Faith, family, and friends sums up how we live our lives and with Zion we discovered that we had been led to an educational institution in… Read more “The Harper Family”
Eric and Kayla Pounds – parents of four Zion Lions and one alum
“We are a military family with 5 children, so to be honest, the reason we chose Zion isn’t why we stayed. Zion offered a one-stop drop-off for all our children, which was extremely convenient. However, when we saw that the staff and teachers truly manifested their personal and organizational center in Christ, we could not put a price on this incredible blessing…”