New Food Service Program to Focus on New Flavors, Events, and Wellness Education

Lourdes Academy and Chartwells K12 are excited introduce a brand new partnership that includes a school café full of new flavors, events, and wellness education.

New Menus and Café Spaces
Chartwells K12 chefs and dietitians have been hard at work testing and developing a fresh, new menu designed specifically for Lourdes Academy students that includes a wide variety of healthy and delicious options. Menus were created using student input from surveys, tastings and everyday conversations, as well as local food trends, flavors and produce. The new menu includes:

  • Fun lunch options for Elementary Students
  • Grab n’ Go items for MS/HS Students
  • Pizza offered daily for MS/HS Students

Lunch Prices for 2019-2020 school year:
Elementary – $2.95
Middle & High School – $3.05         

Mobile Menus are in Your Hands
We are also happy to introduce you to Nutrislice, our mobile and web app that brings the school menu, nutrition and allergen information all together, right to the palm of your hand. In addition to nutrition information, Nutrislice tells the café menu story with real photos taken by Chartwells chefs in schools, full menu descriptions, as well as café event information, nutrition education and food stories that help students connect the foods they eat in the café to its origins and health benefits.

Download the free Nutrislice App from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) and search for your menus. Or, find them on the online at

Refreshed Café
In addition to a great food experience, the high school/middle school café has been refreshed with new signage and food stations.

Culinary demonstrations and new food samplings
All year long, students will have the opportunity to learn about healthier food options through fun and engaging activities that we have planned in the school cafeteria.  An emphasis will be put on healthier meal options, especially ones with fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.  Students will have the opportunity to meet and engage with Chartwells chefs through culinary demonstrations and new food samplings. Look for more information on these special events coming soon.

From the Café to the Community
Chartwells K12 and Lourdes Academy are also partnering on new community programs for the coming school year, including our shared commitment to anti-bullying awareness and prevention. As a part this commitment, we are introducing anti-bullying training to all of our café team members as well as sharing with students #JustStandUp ! #JustStandUp is Chartwells’ student and family-focused social campaign that challenges students to stand up for those being bullied. Students will continue to see positive social behavior modeled and discussed throughout the café. For more information about the program and how to support discussions with your child, please visit

High school leadership program focuses on developing tomorrow’s servant leaders

Lourdes Academy’s Tomorrow’s Leaders program is a four-year high school leadership program committed to building thoughtful, faith-filled servant leaders. 

This summer Principal Mikesell and a group of former program leaders spent time reviewing Tomorrow’s Leaders’ overall goals and updating its curriculum.

The outcome – an exciting leadership program focused on building 21st Century skills that will prepare students’ mind, body, and spirit for the ever changing world. 

Program Overview

Freshman Year: Starts With Me – An in-depth study of the skills and mindset necessary to become an effective leader.

Service Project Focus: School

Skills Covered:

  • Self-awareness
  • Trust
  • Teamwork
  • Authenticity
  • Mindfulness
  • Drive
  • Patience
  • Communication

Resources: “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek; and “Lincoln on Leadership” by Donald T. Phillips

Sophomore Year: Holy Moments – Research and reflection on influential leaders of the past that are role models to students. In an ever changing 21st century world, an in-depth study on change and adaptability.

Service Project Focus: Community

Skills Covered: 

  • Adaptability
  • Change and Cultural Awareness
  • Coaching and Development

Resources: “Who Moved My Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson; and “Work Rules!” by Laszlo Bock

Junior Year: Making Disciples  – Learning how to become an effective role model, delegator, and motivator to accomplish goals while keeping values at the core of the personal brand.

Service Project Focus: Church 

Skills Covered: 

  • Business Savvy
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Delegation
  • Motivation and Inspiration
  • Accountability

Resources: “Habitudes: The Art of Leading Others” by Dr. Tim Elmore

Senior Year: Go Make A Difference – Preparing seniors for the real world, this in-depth study of trust and strategic thinking prepares students to go out into the world and make a difference, combining all the previous skills together. A student-driven service project is a huge emphasis in the course.

Service Project Focus: Chosen by students

Skills Covered: 

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Trust

Resources: “The Speed of Trust” by Stephen Covey


To participate in Tomorrow’s Leaders, students complete an application and participate in an in-person interview during the spring of their 8th grade year. Students are asked to highlight their commitment to academics, demonstrate their leadership potential, and share how they’re committed to living out their faith. After the interviews, ten students are awarded scholarships, which follow them through high school, providing $500 toward tuition each year. 

Everyone who goes through the interview process is invited to join Tomorrow’s Leaders. Participants are expected to attend all meetings, maintain a 3.25 or higher GPA, participate in their church, and help with a yearly service project. 

Introducing Our New High School/Middle School Dean of Students

Mr. Reed Tyriver

We’re pleased to introduce Mr. Reed Tyriver, long time Lourdes gym and health teacher, and coach, as our new Dean of Students.

After much thought and consideration, Lourdes Academy announced this summer the decision to transition the Associate Principal role into a Dean of Students. We’re excited to introduce Mr. Tyriver as the new Dean of Students. His primary focus will be our students – their programs, their experience, and their overall success.

“The things I’m looking forward to the most are building even closer relationships with our students and also learning from all of our incredible teachers…getting to see first hand all the amazing ways they help our students grow, everyday.”

– Reed Tyriver, Dean of Students

In addition to teaching gym and health, Mr. Tyriver has built strong relationships with students while coaching several different Lourdes Academy athletic teams.

  • Assistant softball coach 2008-2009 (2 seasons)
  • Assistant girls basketball coach 2007-2014 (7 seasons)
  • Head baseball coach 2010-2016 (7 seasons)
  • Head girls basketball coach 2015-2019 (5 seasons)
  • Golf coach 2019-present (1 season)

So why the move to administration?

“I love teaching, and the nice thing about my new position is I’ll still have the opportunity to help students learn – just in a different capacity. I also want to continue to play an important role at Lourdes, and it just felt right to step into this new role…with new challenges that will help me and our students grow.

I absolutely love Lourdes and it is an extremely exciting time to be a part of the Lourdes family!”

– Reed Tyriver, Dean of Students

Welcome Back Lourdes Academy!

We can’t wait to get the school year started.

We’re looking forward to the start of the new school year, and hopefully you are too. There are lots of new and exciting things we can’t wait to share and introduce – teachers, clubs and organizations, and a brand new lunch program.

To learn more and get things started on the right foot, plan on attending the orientation days scheduled for each of the school buildings.


Elementary Open House/Orientation: Thursday, August 22, 3-6 p.m.

Stop in any time between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to drop off school supplies, find out who your children will have for a teacher, talk with teachers, and visit classrooms. Paperwork from the orientation packet should also be dropped off during this time. Stop by the gym to learn more about PTA, using Scrip, scouting groups, and other volunteer opportunities. The Uniform Exchange tables will also be set up, so bring in the clothes your kids have outgrown and swap them with new.

Middle/High School Student Orientation Day: Monday, August 26

Meet in the Commons
5th grade: 8-10 a.m.
Middle school (6th-8th): 10-12 p.m.
High school (9th-12th): 1-3 p.m.

Students will be welcomed by administration and have time to drop off school supplies, decorate lockers, take school pictures, and pick up course schedules. Parents can also deposit money in their student’s lunch account, purchase middle school gym uniforms and/or their student’s music polo. This orientation is designed more for students, and is not an open house format. Please have students here at the assigned times.

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