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Saxony Lutheran opens school

Saxony Lutheran High School celebrated the first day of school with an opening service on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Rev. Paul Short led the service, and the school band provided music. The event was open to the public, as well as live-streamed.

Short spoke to the students about the upcoming school year and the “challenging times” students live in. He also talked about Saxony’s 2020-2021 theme, “Trust in his strength, shielded by his love” – which comes from Psalm 28: 7-9.

Short advised the students to look for the strength of truly knowing Jesus Christ, as well as the protective shield that comes from being his follower.

As part of the service, Short installed Missy Adams as the school’s new assistant principal. The school community joined Short in a prayer over Adams.

Most of the students wore masks during the service. Saxony has created red, yellow and green safety plans to illustrate the various steps the school will take to keep their community safe from contracting COVID-19.

The year started at the green level, but would change if students, staff members or their families test positive for the virus. At the red level, the school would close and students would be taught virtually.

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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