Thanks to the generosity of WLHS families and friends, we are pleased to offer a variety of scholarships to our current American tuition paying students as well as incoming freshmen. Some scholarships require an application. Awards are granted on the applicant's ability to meet specific criteria. Click here for a list of all available scholarships.
All scholarship applications for the 2021-22 school year will be done online. The link for the scholarship applications opens December 1, 2020. The completed form, written submissions, and supporting financial documentation, if applicable, must be electronically submitted by December 31, 2020. Applicants will be notified of awarded scholarships beginning March 15, 2021.
Tuition assistance applications via Smart Aid are available by clicking here. Smart Aid is the name of our tuition assistance program. Smart Aid parent instructions can be found by clicking here. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2021. Families will be notified of their tuition assistance grant and/or scholarship award on their Smart Tuition statement beginning March 15, 2021.
We hope you join us for 2020 Giving Tuesday as we kick-off FOCUS! This Christmas season, WLHS is excited to share with you the amazing ways God is working in the lives of our students. Every day we strive to prepare young adults for productive, Christ-centered lives through a combination of Faith, Opportunity, Character, Unity, and Support. There are two easy ways to give: online at wlhs.org/giving or text "wisco" to 243725. Stay tuned on Wisco's social media channels for fun interaction during the day.
The administrators, teachers, and staff at Wisconsin Lutheran High School extend their sincere wishes for a blessed and happy Thanksgiving celebration. "Give praiseto theLord, proclaim his name; make known among the nationswhat he has done." I Chronicles 16:8.
Wednesday, December 9, was originally scheduled as a half day, but will now be a no school day. Neither online nor in-person instruction will take place on December 9. Teachers will have additional time for professional development and class preparation.
Wisco Witnesses in the World (WWW) is once again collecting school supplies for our sister school on the Caribbean island of Antigua. St. John’s Ev. Lutheran School educates over 300 students from K3 to grade 6. Over the next two weeks (through Friday, December 11), homerooms will collect school supplies such as new boxes of crayons, pens, pencils, notebook paper, glue, erasers. Homerooms may also want to work together to purchase larger items such as calculators, a laminator, or Cricut machine (specifically requested). Used laptops or Chromebooks are also welcome if they are in good repair.
In celebration of International Education Week, November 16-20, the International Student Program sponsored a photo competition highlighting international education at WLHS. On Wednesday, students and staff were encouraged to dress up in an outfit that represents an international destination that they love. The week will end with students and staff hosting an international language table in the upper lobby. Students and staff whose primary language is not English will be available to teach and share their native tongue. What a blessing we have at Wisco to celebrate our diversity and community!
The International Program hosted a photo competition to celebrate International Education Week (November 16-20). Students submitted photos with the theme of "The Value of International Education," and faculty and staff had the opportunity to vote for their favorite.
This Thanksgiving, your family at Wisco wants to let you know just how thankful we are for YOU! You make it possible for us to connect with supporters, provide opportunities for professional networking, and enable classmates and friends to keep in touch. Our alumni team wants to offer opportunities for you to engage, volunteer, and support your high school. Happy Thanksgiving!
Thank you to the 17 teams that participated in our virtual trivia game, and thank you to the Young Alumni Leaders Council (YALC), who organized and hosted this fun event! Congrats to the top three performing teams: The Trivial Trio (1st), Make Trivia Great Again (2nd), and Quick Quints (3rd).
If you are interested in joining YALC to help plan awesome events like this one, please contact Cindy Krueger at email@example.com or 414.453.4567 ext. 2018.
COVID mitigation measures have altered, but not canceled, our fall drama plans. This year our students will perform two, one-act plays the weekend of December 11-13. Drop Dead, Juliet! and The Seussificaton of Romeo and Juliet will be on our playbill. The productions will be shorter in length and will perform before limited audiences. Click here for ticket information.
WLHS wrapped up the fall season with numbers of notable sports achievements. Congratulations to girls volleyball student athletes Natalie Tesch ('21) and Grace Schneider ('22) who were named first team all-conference, Grace Frey ('21) was named second team, and Emma Baacke ('21), Lauren Clement ('21), and Zoe Buske ('21) who were named honorable mention.
The United States’ need for workers in the trades right now is critical. Wisco's Trade and Technology department is grateful for the chance to help meet the demand. Every semester, representatives from the various trades speak to our woods, metals and other trade and tech classes about internship opportunities. Recently, Shaun Coats from Millwrights (factory and plant machines) and Piledrivers (excavation machinery) met with our students to share how they can get a jump on a career in the trades while still in high school. Through Wisco classes, our students develop God-given talents for these vital trades.
One of the many blessings at Wisco is the ability of our various groups to share talents across departments. For example, students in all levels of the Fashion Tech program are once again designing costumes for the fall drama production. Audiences will enjoy not just our student theatrical skills, but also their sewing and design.
Students will be dismissed at 12:21 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25. There will be no school on Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27. All offices at Wisconsin Lutheran will be closed beginning Wednesday, at 1:00 p.m. through Friday. Enjoy Thanksgiving break!
Classes resume on Monday, November 30, at 7:45 a.m.
Congratulations to WLHS Athletic Director Jeff Sitz. He was named by the Wisconsin Athletics Directors Association as 2020 Athletic Director of the Year (District 7). He is the Woodlands Conference athletic president and past NIAA president. Jeff has been serving students for 40 years. What a blessing he is to Wisco!
Need a few stocking stuffers or Christmas gift ideas? For the first time ever, Great Lakes Scrip is offering two days of bonuses on November 19 and 20! Earn up to 20% on eGift Cards and reloaded gift cards. Purchase gift cards through Wisconsin Lutheran's SCRIP program and a percentage of your purchase can be used toward your child's tuition, a cash refund, or a donation to WLHS. With each purchase, WLHS also receives a percentage back.
Click here for ordering information and onhand gift cards. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order today!
Girls United will meet Thursday, November 19, from 3:15-4:00 p.m. in the guidance office both in person AND virtually. Girls United is a group for young women of all cultural backgrounds, shades, and sizes. In Girls United, we discuss topics of self-love, self-care, faith, and plenty more! Please fill out this Google form here if you are planning to attend virtually so you can receive the link.
WLHS sophomores and juniors can now apply for the privilege of going on the Civil Rights tour in the spring of 2021. The trip is scheduled to leave after school on Wednesday, March 31, and returns in the evening on Monday, April 5 after the Easter weekend.
"I’ve witnessed how this educational experience impacts our students in profound ways. It not only expands their racial consciousness and empathy, but it gives them confidence to have courageous conversations about race,” said Rev. Dr. Ken Fisher, president of WLHS. “Finally, it challenges them to lead in bringing healing through the gospel that unites us in Christ.”
Last month, Mrs. Huebner’s speech classes conducted mock job interviews. The students had to create resumes and develop interview questions that would be asked of them at their interview. Alumnus Jon Mann (‘07) led these mock interviews with each student in front of the rest of the class.
WLHS is pleased to offer the Weekly E-news in Spanish. Many of our WLHS families' primary language is Spanish and we are happy that we can offer them our newsletter in their native language. If you or someone you know would like to subscribe to our Spanish Weekly E-news, please click here.
Throughout our nation’s history, God has used the members of our armed services to protect our freedoms. The freedom to worship God in the way we choose is precious, and one we exercise daily at WLHS. Click here to watch a special video that was shown at our virtual Veterans Day observance. Or, click here to watch the service.
When there are snow or other unexpected emergency school closings, WLHS will make every effort to communicate information by 6:00 a.m. in the following ways: through text message, E-mail, robocall, our website, radio stations WTMJ 620 AM or WISN 1130 AM or television reports on Channels 4, 6, or 12. WLHS will determine closing status independent of MPS.
During the fall months, several students from the dormitory had the opportunity to volunteer in the Milwaukee community and in their own “backyard.” Each weekend from September through October, students gave up their Saturday morning to clean up trash and debris in local parks, as well as the nearby Honey Creek (where Honey Creek Hall gets its name!). A student who was there every week said, “The smile on the faces of the people at the park brings so much joy to me.” (Anh Quang Le, Vietnam, ‘21) In two months, at least 25 bags of trash were collected by these student volunteers.
Parents, your support is important in two attendance tracking areas:
In-person students have one virtual day a week. Unless sick, that is the only day they should be joining classes virtually. Our agreement and expectation is that face-to-face students will be in the building four days in every five day week.
If your student is in quarantine due to exposure to one who has tested positive for COVID, they should be joining their classes virtually each day unless they are not well enough to do so. The expectation is that their learning and assignments continue uninterrupted during their quarantine period.
Last week, Wisco Witnesses in the World conducted a Bible drive. WLHS students and staff donated mission offerings in homeroom and chapel totaling $431.98! This outpouring of gifts will purchase 75 new Bibles for Divine Peace Lutheran Church in Texas. Thanks be to God.
In an effort to address with biblical counsel the struggles many teens at WLHS and elsewhere face, our Campus Pastor, Dr. Phil Huebner, has written a book titled Who Am I? Pastor Huebner writes, "I have come to the opinion that the number one problem for Christian teens today is understanding their identity in Christ. If only they could know the love, the forgiveness, the value, the strength, the peace, etc. that belong to them in Jesus better, they would be much more able to persevere by faith in a sinful world. Instead, teens today get so caught up in their feelings of guilt, anxiety, weakness, loneliness, etc. that they lose track of the facts of their identity in Christ."
The first quarter ended last week Wednesday, October 28. Report cards are now available and can be accessed by logging into your onCampus account here. The student report card link is on the student Progress page, under Performance.
Freshman Eva Kuehn represented Wisconsin Lutheran at the WIAA State Cross Country Championships on Saturday, October 31. She finished her season with a successful race, covering the course at Arrowhead High School in 19 minutes, 27.8 seconds, good for a 30th place finish in the Division 1 field.
Kuehn's 30th place showing is the highest Division 1 finish by a Viking girl, bettering the 35th place finish earned by Diana (Spiegelberg '07) Kerr in 2005.
Parents, your signature is required on an important form titled "Student Internet Access," available in your onCampus account (login here). Click on the link in the yellow bar at the top of any onCampus page to complete the form. The link is visible in all parent accounts, but only one parent needs to complete and submit the form. If you have questions, please contact email@example.com.
The Viking-2-Viking Program spearheaded by the WLHS Young Alumni Leaders Council (YALC) held its final career presentation for the semester from Wisco alumni in the military. Interested juniors and seniors had a chance to to hear and ask questions from:
Dominick (Dom) Covington ('11) Sergeant, United States Marine Corp
Alyssa King ('18) ROTC Cadet, enlisting in the U.S. Army National Guard
Flex your brain power! Grab your family, friends, and fellow WLHS alumni for an evening of virtual trivia. Register here by Friday, November 13. Cost to play is FREE, with a $25 suggested donation per team. Tune in for special guest appearances by "Wisco celebrities." Prizes will be awarded to top performing teams.
Questions? Contact Cindy Krueger ('99) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-453-4567 ext. 2018. Trivia brought to you by WLHS Young Alumni Leaders Council.
As we pivot to a virtual 2020 Veterans Day, everyone is still invited to watch the livestream service which will be shown here and on Wisco's Facebook page on Wednesday, November 11, at 8:40 a.m. Wisco alum, Major Jeff Tiegs (‘87), retired US Army who served in Panama, Iraq and Afghanistan and has 25-years experience as a US Army Special Operations officer, will be our guest speaker.
Although the Veterans Day breakfast is canceled this year, we invite any veteran to register here, by Friday, November 6. Each registration will receive a Veterans Day pin and program.
We always enjoy hearing from our graduates of WLHS! Recently Claire Chen (Class of 2020 salutatorian from Shaoxing, China) shared some experiences from her first semester in university:
"I am in classes at a US university (Vanderbilt University). It's a mixture of face to face and virtual school, although most of my classes are fully virtual. Not much has happened since my graduation in May; I made the concert choir at Vanderbilt and I'm so excited to start singing with a group of people again (virtually for now)! What I miss the most about WLHS is probably the community and my friends. My prayer request is that everyone can stay safe and healthy!"
This week, seniors who are face-to-face learners received a packet with ordering information for their graduation caps, gowns, tassels and other graduation items. Parents, please take time to review the packet information with your son or daughter so that he/she will be ready to place an order by Friday, November 6, with the Jostens Company. Click here for our Josten representative's presentation and order information.
See what's happening in the Wisco Fine Arts Visual Art Department! Follow @WiscoStudioArt on Instagram to see the running art gallery filled with high-quality pieces made by our students. This account was created for current students, future students, parents, WLHS supporters and alumni to see artwork by our amazing students. Enjoy watching this gallery grow over the years!
Beginning November 2, notifications will go out after school each day alerting parents if your student has been marked unexcused for at least two consecutive periods during the day. More details will be available on your student's onCampus account. The unexcused absences may be due to the fact that a parent has not called attendance to excuse the student. If you have questions or wish to excuse your child, please call the attendance office at 414-453-4567 or E-mail email@example.com.
BrightArrow, our Mass Communication Alert System, allows us to share urgent school-related information with our families via email, text, and phone. Yesterday a test message was sent out using the BrightArrow texting option. In order to receive text message alerts, you must "opt in," if you haven't already done so. The text message is from 87569. Reply “YES” to this text message if you wish to receive alerts via text.
Please make sure your contact information is up-to-date in onCampus so that you do not miss these WLHS alert notifications. Log into onCampus here > select Profile to edit your contact information; you cannot edit a spouse's information unless the information is shared (home phone or address).
On Monday, October 26, the City of Milwaukee Health Department (CMHD) issued Order 4.2 COVID-19 Public Health Plan for the City of Milwaukee. Order 4.2 brings little change to the instruction in K-12 schools who have filed an approved COVID mitigation plan with CMHD. In that regard we share the following: Read More
WLHS partners with Christian Family Solutions (CFS) to provide free counseling services to our student body. CFS is hosting a four-part mental health series called Mindful Moments. Part Two will focus on mental wellness in adults with takeaway skills to apply in your workplace and home. For more information or to register, click here.
On Thursday, October 15, all juniors and their parents were emailed information regarding the college planning process. This included a presentation from the counselors and several handouts. Parents, please take some time and view this presentation and information with your students. There are helpful handouts with college planning timelines for all grade levels.
Last week, our Board of Directors extended two calls to serve at Wisconsin Lutheran High School beginning in July of next year. The first was to Mr. Chuqee Fletcher to teach in the Theology Department and coach. Mr. Fletcher is a WLHS graduate who currently serves the Lighthouse Youth Ministry as one of their program directors. Lighthouse is an after school multi-site ministry to youth, primarily on Milwaukee's north side.
The second call was to Mrs. Lisa Uttech to teach and direct in our Fine Arts, Music Department. Mrs. Uttech would become the next A Cappella director. She is also a WLHS graduate who currently serves as a music staff minister at Christ the Lord, Brookfield.
On Wednesday, October 28, we will follow the morning assembly schedule found on page 11. Our chapel service will be led by Pastor Heath Butler and emphasize the Reformation of the Christian Church. The Viking Christian Leader Academy will steer homeroom discussions centering around the Wisco Way Word of the month, Truth, with assistance from the homeroom teachers
There will be no school next week on Thursday, October 29, and Friday, October 30. Teachers will use this time for personal professional development. The school office hours will be 7:15 a.m.—4:00 p.m. on Thursday and 7:15 a.m.—1:00 p.m. on Friday.
Parent-teacher consultations are Thursday, November 5, by appointment ONLY through onCampus, between 4:00-9:00 p.m. You can access your onCampus account here. Go to Resources > Pick A Time to sign up for a time to meet with your child's teachers. This link will open on Wednesday, October 28 at 8:00 a.m. No more than two people per family should attend the conference. Masks and social distancing are required. If you would prefer a virtual conference, contact the teacher directly via email or through onCampus.
Scheduling is open until Tuesday, November 3, at 5:00 p.m. *Please note: Consultation scheduling is now closed. Please contact your student's teacher directly if you have any questions or concerns.
Wednesday, October 28, is the end of the first quarter. Parents, please remind your students to check their onCampus account (login here) and be sure that all assignments are entered. Final grades for first quarter will be available the first week of November.
On Saturday, October 10, the boys cross country team won the Woodland West Conference Championship at Tendick Park in Saukville, Wis. With this win, the boys team has back-to-back championships and 21 championship titles in their history. The team was led by the 1st Team All-Conference finishes of Silas Ebeling ('23) and Luke Wegner ('21). Second Team All-Conference honors go to Vicente Janik ('21), Adam Kriefall ('21), Michael Miller ('22) and Tristan Sanchez ('21).
The BRAVE Research Center, at the University of Wisconsin Department of Psychiatry, is conducting a Family COVID Survey for families with school-aged children. As many of you are aware, the pandemic has changed the lives of youth and families across our state. The BRAVE Research Center is studying the influences these changes have on mental health and the general well-being of our communities. This study is targeting parents/caregivers of school aged children between the ages of 6-17.
The WLHS Report Card may look different from year-to-year, especially this past year, due to COVID-19. However, our mission remains the same and extends far beyond academics. We strive to empower students with the knowledge, skills, Christian character and moral courage necessary for success in school and life as committed children of God.
We use a variety of measures to understand student achievement and look closely at our results. In keeping with our focus on results and our commitment to transparency, we are pleased to share the 2020 WLHS Report Card here.
Having recently passed the halfway mark of the first quarter, our faculty and academic leaders have taken time to reflect on our current hybrid learning environment. We share the following insights and expectations with our students and their parents in an effort to strengthen our work together and to enhance the academic success of our students. Click here for the full list of expectations.
The Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod School Accreditation (WELSSA) is pleased to announce the exemplary accreditation of Wisconsin Lutheran High School, Milwaukee.
Wisconsin Lutheran High School has proven compliance with WELSSA's educational standards and is a member in good standing. "We are pleased to congratulate Wisconsin Lutheran High School for its dedication and efforts during the self-study process, and its commitment to continuous school improvement," remarked Paul Patterson, WELSSA's executive director.
Due to social distancing precautions, all class jewelry orders will be placed online this year. Click here for a brief video overview to find out ordering details, how to find the right ring size, and contact information for Jostens. Jewelry packets are available in Central Office at school. Order your class jewelry by October 23 and receive a free companion ring along with your choice of an Adidas Striker II Backpack or Custom Hoodie. See the flyer in the packet for details or click here for the Jostens website for more information. Free items are not available with the Basic or Tradewinds Collection Rings.
The WLHS American mentors to new international students have done an exemplary job connecting with this year's new students, whether face to face or virtually! The mentor-mentee activity for October involved sharing autumn traditions and decorating pumpkins. While some of the pairs were able to meet in person, others did the activity together over a video call. Our Wisco students are the best as they adapt and show patience with new ways of getting the job done!
Any students interested in learning more about Northwestern University can register to attend a Zoom session this evening at 7:00 p.m. by registering via this link. If you cannot attend but plan but want more information about Northwestern University, you can email Fritz Burgher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In anticipation of more virtual tours, Wisconsin Lutheran High School has a new virtual admissions video. The video was first showcased at the 2020 Virtual Open House. It shows the breadth of courses and co-curriculars at the high school, but does not yet include all departments. Future videos are in the works. To watch, click here.
On Thursday, October 1, Violet Rana (’22) carried her country’s flag (Nepal) to our annual blessing of the flag ceremony during chapel. Violet is the first student from Nepal to attend Wisco. WLHS Conference President, Rev. Dr. Ken Fisher, blessed the flag, now the 41st to hang in our atrium.
These flags represent the countries of origin from our past and present student body and international students. They remind us that we are a Great Commission school. Welcome, Violet.
To watch the flag blessing service and chapel, click here.
Student Council hosts a fall blood drive every year as a way to serve the community and to give glory to God. This year, Student Council is inviting parent donors to give blood and save lives alongside their students! Students under the age of sixteen can still participate, but will need to have a parental consent form signed. Sign-ups for the drive will take place this week and end next week Monday, October 12 at 3:00 p.m. The blood drive will take place on Wednesday, October 14 and Friday, October 16. If you are interested in donating, sign up in the links below. For any questions, please contact WLHS at 414-453-4567.
The aptly named "Fright Fest" Homecoming 2020 was a spirited week at Wisconsin Lutheran despite the safety measures in place. Face-to-face and virtual students as well as faculty participated in dress-up days with Seniors winning for most participation. Senior Skylar Abner, from St. Philip's Lutheran Grade School, was crowned homecoming queen at the modified pep rally. Football, volleyball, and soccer games with limited, socially-distanced spectators all took place as well last week. We are proud of our students for displaying their school spirit despite not being able to participate in all of the usual homecoming festivities.
The Viking-2-Viking Program spearheaded by the WLHS Young Alumni Leaders Council (YALC) had its second alumni visit to discuss different career paths in business. Interested juniors and seniors heard brief presentations from the following alumni:
Kira Hansen ('10) - Senior Supply Management Analyst, Harley-Davidson Motor Company
This fall "Hiking Vikings" has begun as a new initiative at Honey Creek Hall. Once a month interested students can attend a hiking excursion around the greater Milwaukee area. The first event took place on Saturday, September 26. Students explored the beautiful Cudahy Nature Preserve about 25 minutes from campus. The benefits of the hike included exercise, the refreshing air, experience exploring nature and time away from indoors and technology, and the opportunity to build friendships in a safe outdoor setting. The hiking destination will change each month so students get to explore new scenery throughout the year.
All 2020 WLHS fall sports are now available for livestream. Junior varsity sports, soccer, and volleyball will be livestreamed with our partner NFHS Network here. Varsity boys football games will be livestreamed on our YouTube and Facebook pages. Fans, please note, to keep our students and families safe, only participants who are on our approved fan list are allowed to attend live games. Please use these livestream options to watch Wisco athletics for the foreseeable future.
Homecoming 2020 looks different this year, but school spirit is still on display at WLHS. Student Council organized dress up days during the week, WLTV is back with homecoming week announcements, a modified pep rally which includes social distancing takes place Friday at 2:15 p.m. when a homecoming queen is crowned, and our varsity football team takes on Marquette High School in the Friday night Homecoming football game. We are proud to carry on the homecoming tradition at WLHS even if we are not able to participate in all of the activities of past. For daily dress day photo updates, visit our Instagram site here. Always a Viking!
Picture retake day will be Thursday, October 8, from 7:15 a.m.-noon in the library. Picture packets were sent home or are available at the receptionist's window if you are a virtual student. If you did not have your picture taken on the original picture day, you must have yours taken on Thursday. If you were not pleased with your picture, bring the original package and $10 for a retake. If there was a photographer's error, there is no charge for the retake.
The PSAT is being offered to all juniors at WLHS on Wednesday, October 14. This test allows you to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship and is also a great practice test for the SAT or ACT. If you would like to take the test, you need to register in the Guidance Office. The registration fee is $20 and can be turned in to Mr. Biesterfeld. If Wednesday is your rotation day, or you are a virtual student and want to take the PSAT, you will need to come to school on that day just for the testing period. The test is not offered online, so we can only provide an in person test option.
Mr. Eric Ruh joins the Mission Advancement team as Director of Planned Giving. Eric has extensive background in financial planning and personal gifts. He has worked as Managing Director at Third Coast Advisors from 2018-2020, Sales Manager at Financial Solutions Group from 2012-2018 and Brokerage Manager at Horizon Financial Group from 2009-2012. Prior to this, he also worked at Northwestern Mutual, TCF Bank and Security First Group. Eric is a 1992 Communication graduate from Wisconsin Lutheran College. He is married to Linda and they have a son, Mason (WLHS ’21). Eric enjoys spending time with family and friends and watching baseball.
Mr. and Mrs. Elijah and Mariah Ehlert joined our staff as dorm supervisors. Elijah is in his final year at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, and recently moved back to Milwaukee from Colorado where he served as a vicar. From 2018-2019, Elijah was spiritual mentor at Kingdom Prep Lutheran High School in Wauwatosa and worked in landscaping prior to that. Elijah enjoys weightlifting, reading and traveling. Mariah is a recent graduate of UW-Whitewater, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts. She was a Resident Assistant at UW-Whitewater and a Workshop Supervisor at Roberta’s Avon Fiskum Art Gallery from 2017-2020. Mariah enjoys helping adolescents, cooking and writing music.
Our WLHS Grandparents Day looked a little different, but we were able to expand our reach to even more grandparents outside the Milwaukee-area. This year, grandparents participated in a virtual celebration which included links to a special Grandparents Day video here and chapel message here. In addition, Wisco grandchildren sent their grandparents who registered a card. We hope that we can have our grandparents back in the building next year!
In case you didn't have the opportunity to order school pictures and wish to do so online, you can place orders until Friday, October 23. Simply email Moments and Memories at email@example.com. Include your student’s last name, first name and grade and they will send you back instructions as to how to order online.
The Wisco School Store has a new supply of masks available for purchase. There are two different styles (pictured)—both in limited quantities. Masks can be purchased by students before school or during lunch each day. Online orders can be made by visiting www.wiscoschoolstore.com. Orders can be picked up or shipped anywhere in the US.
Badger Bound is a virtual event designed for students of color and those first in their family to attend college. It will be held on October 10 and will highlight the academic and extracurricular opportunities available at UW Madison. It will also include tips on navigating the application, scholarships and financial aid processes. More event information including how to register, can be found here.
Virtual Open House is for any student/parent who is looking at UW Madison as a prospective school. There will be various live sessions which include housing, financial aid, academic information sessions, a virtual campus tour, admissions information session, a student panel, and a variety of interactive panels with programs and offices from across campus. You can also join several interactive panels to answer any questions you may have. Registration information for this event can be found here.
The Viking-2-Viking Program is a career series hosted by the WLHS Young Alumni Leaders Council (YALC) intended to bring together young alumni professionals with juniors and seniors to talk about life after graduation, career paths, and how to be productive, Christ-centered professionals. Topics are based on current student interest.
Last week was our first session and the emphasis was on careers in ministry. WLHS was proud to welcome back the following alumni panelists:
Mrs. Kaitlin Hernandez is new to our World Languages department at WLHS as a part-time Spanish instructor. Kaitlin is a Minnesota State University—Mankato graduate (2008) where she earned degrees in Spanish and social work. Kaitlin has been a part-time swim instructor since 2009, and also taught first grade at Saint David School in the Dominican Republic from 2008-2009. Kaitlin enjoys swimming, running, gardening and camping with her family. She and her husband Micah, who is also a WLHS Spanish teacher, have four children, Gabriel (11), Benjamin (9), Simon (6) and Daniel (4).
Mrs. Meg Schuessler is a 1997 WLHS graduate. After high school, she attended the University of WI—Oshkosh where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education. She comes to us from St. Marcus Lutheran School where she served as an art teacher from 2004-2020. Meg and her husband, Paul, are members at St. Marcus Church where their four children, Kiah (13), Lincoln (12), Graham (8), and Logan (5) attend school.
The beautiful scenic Milwaukee River is a great place to enjoy the sunshine and the Milwaukee skyline. A group of students spent the afternoon of Sunday, September 13 kayaking together for the first dormitory 'funtivity' of the quarter. Our upcoming trips will also be outdoors: a corn maze in nearby rural Mukwonago and the Milwaukee Zoo.
In spite of rainy weather, the students of the dorm had a great time bonding at this kick-off event. At a campgrounds near Lake Geneva, they enjoyed activities such as rock climbing, running an obstacle course, team relay races, zip lining, archery tag, and charades. WLHS President Dr. Fisher gave a devotion about using God-given tools for lifelong personal growth and enrichment. The night ended with marshmallow roasting and singing around the fire.
With our first student this year from Nepal, the International Program office door has added Nepali as a language on its welcoming door! Can you spot it? Better yet, can you identify all the languages on the door? These are the languages spoken at home for the students in the International Program. Whichever language is on the tip of your tongue, we say "hello!"
Throughout these past months WLHS has prepared and pivoted for school reopening plans. These plans include how to mitigate the return of fall sports. With WIAA and the Milwaukee Health Department approval, our Wisco fall sports have returned: cross country, golf, volleyball, soccer, and most recently, football. As fans, we please ask that you abide by the safety rules so that our student athletes can continue to play. Thanks for your Wisco Viking support!
In September, we celebrate our Wisco Champions! Wisco Champions are annual givers who donate to support Wisco's academic excellence, faith and service, tuition assistance, and award winning co-curriculars. To learn more about this vital ministry, visit wlhs.org/wiscochampions.
We are so excited to connect virtually as an alumni community for Stay at Home: 2020 Homecoming! The week of September 28-October 2, reconnect with former classmates, friends, and fellow alumni, and explore the Homecoming Week Hub at wlhs.org/hoco2020. Homecoming highlights for the week will include: alumni t-shirt giveaway and photo contest, coloring contest, Wisco trivia, and more! Happy #WLHSHomecoming2020!
WLHS has once again filed a mitigation plan with the Milwaukee Health Department to play football in the fall. Our plan mirrors that of another Milwaukee school's which recently has been approved for fall play. Therefore, we will move forward with our fall football season. Practices will start immediately, and schedules will be determined shortly. Please stay tuned as more updates become available.
Those students who are eligible for free or reduced meals but have not completed an application for the current school year, will be reverted to paid meal status on Friday, September 25, unless a new application is filled out that qualifies the student to still receive benefits.
If you have not registered your student's account, visit mymealtime.com and click on Register.
On Wednesday, September 23, we will follow the half day schedule found on page 11 of the printed student handbook. Dismissal is at 12:21 p.m. Breakfast will be available in the morning, but lunch will not be served. Faculty will use the afternoon for professional development.
Jr. Vikings boys and girls basketball tryouts will be held the weekend of September 25-27 at Wisconsin Lutheran High School. All tryout registrations must be made online, no walk ups allowed. Visit wlhs.org/jrvikings to register your son or daughter for tryouts.
WLHS is pleased to announce that Alyssa Ebeling ('21) has been named a Commended Student in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2021 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
Last week, Seniors met with Guidance Counselors to review the college application process and how to navigate Naviance, our college and career software provider, to manage the documents needed for their college applications including how to send transcripts and request letters of recommendation. To view the presentation, click here. Individual meetings are now being scheduled with seniors to assist in the application process as well.
In our third week of school, WLHS Technology Services continues to assess and monitor virtual learning with GoGuardian and Google Meet platforms. In addition to measures GoGuardian has taken to increase connectivity, we have done the following:
Developed flowcharts for students to aid themselves in addition to fielding calls and emails. Click here for the chart. Remember to shut down your chromebook each night.
Mr. Ben Leyrer is the newest member to the WLHS technology department. Ben and his wife, Ashley, are busy parents of Kaia (6), Mara (3), Linnea (1) and Janna (newborn). Ben has vast experience as he comes to us from Newline Technology where he served as a technology integrator from 2015-2020. Ben graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran College in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts. The Leyrers are members at Nain, West Allis.
Brad (’07) comes to WLHS from St. Marcus Lutheran School where he taught social studies to 7th and 8th graders from 2017-2020 and was also a 4th grade teacher prior to moving to the upper grades. Preceding St. Marcus, Brad was a Financial Assistant at Trilogy Health from 2012-2016. He and his wife, Samantha (Evans ’16) are members at St. Marcus. Brad will serve in our math and theology departments, and assist our football program. Brad earned a Bachelor of Science from Wisconsin Lutheran College in Theology and enjoys spending time with family and friends, coaching, watching football, reading, golfing and yard work.
With the Milwaukee Health Department's recent reclassification of high school soccer, WLHS is moving forward with our boys soccer fall season. However, there are a few new protocols for fans who wish to attend games at WLHS, which can be found here. More information will be coming soon on how to sign up to attend games. Fans, thank you for following these protocols so that our boys soccer team can continue to play!
At times a student must leave school or online classes before 3:00 p.m. Please follow our protocols when this is necessary:
Face-to-face students must stop at the attendance office before leaving.
Virtual students will need to have a parent or guardian call in advance of missing a class period.
Make sure that the contact/emergency information on your child's onCampus record is up to date. Students may not be excused or released from classes by anyone other than the Parent or Guardian listed on their OnCampus account.
A student must have EITHER a note signed by a parent excusing him or her early OR a parent must make a phone contact with our attendance office. Please make every effort to call at least one hour ahead of your student’s departure time or absence from online class.
Please understand that we can’t release a student early without parental permission. Thank you for your cooperation.
Congratulations to Hannah Behroozi ('21) and Alexandra Miles ('21), recently named semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Less than 1% of the 1.5 million juniors nationwide who enter this competition are selected—Hannah and Alexandra are in rare company.
Tuesday, September 8, we shared communication with parents regarding protocols for illness in a WLHS student. These protocols are in place until further notice. We ask our parents and guardians to help us keep sick students from spreading illness while trying to be reasonable about time away from school. Please click here to read the full communication.
Mr. Joseph Janke ('08) comes to us from Manitowoc Lutheran High School where he served as English teacher and coach from 2016-2020. From 2013-2016, he served as Principal and upper grade teacher at St. Paul in Menomonie. Mr. Janke is a 2013 Martin Luther College graduate where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Secondary Education. He enjoys playing baseball, reading, writing, grilling and smoking meat. He and his wife, Christy are members at Christ the Lord, Brookfield and are proud dog owners of Griffey and Jack Robinson. Joe is in our English department and is an assistant baseball coach.
WLHS is pleased to welcome new English teacher Mr. Justin Liepert. He previously served at Winnebago Lutheran High School as an instructor and Technology Director from 2012-2020. He received his Bachelor of Science in Education from Martin Luther College in 2012. Mr. Liepert will also direct the WLHS spring musical. He enjoys theatre, woodworking, traveling and camping. Justin and his wife, Stephanie, have a son, Jackson (3). The Lieperts are members at Mt. Calvary, Waukesha
Grandparents Day is going virtual for 2020! While we will miss our grandparents in the building this year, we still wanted to share what your grandchildren are up to in high school. Register for our 2020 WLHS Virtual Grandparents Day here. On Wednesday, September 23, grandparents who opt-in will receive an E-mail with links to chapel and a special message from our students. Additionally, a card with a personalized message from your grandchild(ren) will be mailed to all grandparents registered. Registration deadline is Monday, September 14, 2020.
A great way to stay connected in the Word and with WLHS is to watch our daily chapel services. Services are held at 8:40 a.m.* and are a great way to worship with our students and commit to a worship routine in your life. Click here to start watching live and previous chapel services from this year. Abbreviated, taped chapel services can also be found here.
Parents and guardians, please help us enforce our dress code. In the past, we could provide a student in violation of the dress code with suitable, laundered clothing. In the age of COVID, we will no longer follow that practice. Students in violation of our dress code will either be sent home or someone will have to bring them a change of clothes right away. The most frequent violations are:
rips in jeans that are ABOVE the knee (even the tiniest amount of skin exposure is not allowed above the knee)
shirts with musicians or music groups are NOT allowed
shirts need to cover up the entire midsection (even when they raise their hand)
athletic wear is NOT allowed
For more details, please see page 18 of the student handbook found here.
Due to COVID-19 Milwaukee safety guidelines, school and athletic administrations made the difficult decision to move the fall sports of football and boys soccer to the WIAA’s alternate spring season.
Football and Boys Soccer, because they have been labeled high-contact (high risk) activities, will not take place this fall, and will be moved to the WIAA’s alternate season in the early spring. Specific information will be coming from the coaching staff over the next weeks.
Cross Country and Volleyball, because they have been labeled low-contact (low risk) activities, will take place this fall, with modified schedules and protocols in place.
The letter from our Athletic Director Jeff Sitz that shares and explains this news with our coaches and families is available here.
During the spring of the 2019-2020 school year, Thermo Fisher Scientific reached out to art teacher Mr. Michael Wiechmann to commission 20+ large scale paintings by our WLHS students. These paintings, which are comprised of things one would see under a microscope, now fill the halls and walls of their office and facility in downtown Milwaukee. More than 30 students were involved with this process. "The logistics were especially challenging due to Covid-19, but our students made it work and created some amazing artwork. I am crazy proud of them," says Mr. Wiechmann.
If you are interested in attending UW-Madison, they are hosting a virtual admission information session on Thursday, September 3 at 5:00 p.m. They will discuss academic opportunity, student life and the admission process. Please click here to register.
Our virtual learning orientation days have been helpful in acclimating our students to online learning. Unfortunately, the first day our web conferencing platform crashed due to server overload. We apologize for the inconvenience. That situation has improved and we have a Plan B in place that has proved able. Students and parents at home can also be a part of the solution to technical difficulties .
The following are some troubleshooting guidelines for virtual learners:
Erin comes to us from Lakeside Lutheran where she served as a part-time teacher and coach from 2018-2020. She is a Martin Luther College graduate (2001) where she earned a Bachelor of Arts. Erin will serve part-time in our Physical Education and FACE (Family and Consumer Education) departments, and assist in coaching the girls’ basketball team. Erin is a busy mother of six to Micah (WLHS ’22), Chloe (WLHS ’24), Quinn (12), Faith (11), Zayne (9) and Jonas (5). Erin enjoys being outdoors and being active with her family.
WLHS welcomes new teacher Rev. Chris Koschnitzke (’98) to the theology and world language departments. Rev. Koschnitzke will also be an assistant football coach. He and his wife Erin have six children, Micah (WLHS ’22), Chloe (WLHS ’24), Quinn (12), Faith (11), Zayne (9) and Jonas (5). Pastor Koschnitzke previously served as pastor at St. John-Newville near Lake Mills from 2015-2020 and at Christus Lutheran in Delavan from 2007-2015. Chris graduated from the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 2007 and earned a Bachelor of Arts in 2003 from Martin Luther College. He enjoys spending time with his wife and six children, lifting weights, and cheering on Wisconsin sports teams. The Koschnitzkes are members at Grace Downtown.
Wisconsin Lutheran High School was one of only 46 high schools in Wisconsin to be awarded the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association "Award of Excellence" for 2019-20.
The award promotes and recognizes the efforts and achievements of schools in the areas of sportsmanship, ethics, integrity, leadership and character. Schools and athletics administrators experienced unique and additional challenges this year with school closures and the cancelation of high school activities in the spring because of the COVID-19 pandemic. For a complete list of schools and criteria, click here.
The Math Department requires all junior and senior level math students, as well as freshman and sophomore students in “A” sections, to have a graphing calculator.
The Wisco School Store operates a calculator rental program. Students can rent a TI-84 calculator for a yearly rental fee of $30. This calculator can also be used for taking ACT and SAT tests. Calculators will be available for rental at the School Store located in the lower lobby before school and during lunch hours. Questions about the program should be directed to Jason Goede, School Store Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During our orientation days this week, some of our families are switching their status from virtual learning to in-person learning and vice versa. We are accommodating those requests, however, maintaining our in-person student count and the parameters of our re-opening plan require that we set a deadline of Thursday, August 27 by which any requests to switch learning modes must be made. Thank you for your understanding.
For students that have chosen virtual learning, or on the day face-to-face students are in virtual learning, families can opt-in for meal pick up for both breakfast and lunch. Click here to register for this food service option for first semester. Pricing for all meals will apply based on free, reduced or paid status.
Please note that COVID-19 mitigation protocols require that our vending machines and our microwave ovens in the cafeteria may not be in use temporarily due to their high touch surfaces. We are sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.
If you were unable to attend the parent information nights on August 24 and 25, click here for a link to the presentation given by the principal, assistant principals, and Director of Guidance. A slide presentation was also shown which gave a brief overview of onCampus, our school information system. Click here to view.
This week Tuesday-Friday were orientation days. Our regular schedule (7:45 a.m. -3:00 p.m.) begins Monday, August 31 which is also our first official day of school and the beginning of the first quarter. Students who elected 100% virtual learning will join their live classroom from home at the time those classes meet (also known as synchronous learning). In-person learners will come to school four days each full week and learn from home once a week on a day that has been assigned to them.
Families can make tuition payments online through your OnCampus account or via phone. Auto payments can also be set up to draw on the 1st or 15th of the month. Electronic check and credit card payments are both accepted. There is no fee for paying with electronic check; a small transaction fee is added for credit card payments. Your linked Smart Tuition account can be found on the Resources page of OnCampus (login here), or call 888-868-8828.
Gina Radue (’12) comes to WLHS to teach math and coach. Prior to moving to Milwaukee, Gina served at Great Plains Lutheran High School where she was a dorm supervisor and math instructor. She is a 2017 Martin Luther College graduate and enjoys playing sand volleyball, softball, and watching the Bucks, Packers, and Brewers. She enjoys scrapbooking and reading.
The Wisco School Store is open for students and visitors during the school day. Hours are 7:20-7:40 a.m. and the last ten minutes of each lunch period. Times may vary with the schedule for the day. The School Store can also be opened after school upon request. Or, shop online here and have orders shipped across the U.S. or picked up next-day at Wisco. If you have questions, contact Jason Goede, Business Education Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Our student-run store operates within Wisconsin Lutheran High School. Most of the product ideas come from students in various Business courses.
WLHS welcomes to the theology department Ben Carlovsky. The Carlovskys come to us from Houston, Texas where Ben served as principal and upper grade teacher at Abiding Word from 2014-2020. Prior to that, he served as a staff minister and upper grade teacher at St. Paul in Green Bay from 2003-2014. Mr. Carlovsky earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Martin Luther College in 2003. Ben is married to Betsy (’00) and they have two boys, Luke (12) and Landon (10). The Carlovskys are members at St. John's, Milwaukee where Betsy serves as the 5th grade and upper grade science teacher. As a family, they enjoy being outside and playing sports.
Wisconsin Lutheran High School welcomes our new international students for the 2020-2021 school year! New international students this fall hail from China, Japan, Nepal, Nigeria, and South Korea. The students have begun orientation both with in-person and virtual sessions to prepare them for a successful start. God’s blessings to all of our new and returning students this fall!
If you've served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces, Police, Fire, or EMT, please let us know. We'd like to include an Honor Roll in our fall issue of the Contact magazine. Please send us your: first and last name, graduation year, current position, length of service, and any other details or information you'd like to share to Assistant Director of Alumni Development Cindy Krueger ('99) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-453-4567.
The featured Wisco Champions for August 2020 are Brandon ('08) and Dyresha ('07) Whiteside.
“I will always be a part of Wisco due to the close connections that my family and I made while attending Wisco and throughout the years. Wisco helped me in many ways to become who I am today. It’s rewarding to know that I can be a cheerful giver as God commands, while positively impacting students and a school that continues to flourish academically and spiritually,” says Brandon.
Expand your alumni professional connections with our NEW WLHS LinkedIn business page! Find alumni referrals, job opportunities, alumni updates, news about your alma mater and more. Visit linkedin.com/company/wlhs and stay connected!
Thank you to the students, parents, and partnering grade schools for the donation of $24,150 to Branch Lutheran Schools of Haiti for the 2019-20 WLHS mission project. This gift ensures that the children in Haiti continue to receive a Lutheran education with learning resources.
Branch Lutheran Schools are able to share the Gospel to more than 900 children and equips students with God's Word to be a light to their families, neighbors, and communities. This incredible donation provides more than two months of salaries for the 36 teachers, directors, and a superintendent who carry out this Bible-based education.
Biology teacher Mr. Jason Nickels spent a week this summer in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan at Ottawa National Park studying turtles. "The hikes were long, hot, and humid but worth the work. Few people get to visit rivers, forests, and fields that are untouched by humans. In fact, I might be the only human those turtles will ever see. I couldn't help but think about the complexity and beauty of God's creation in its unspoiled state," says Mr. Nickels.
Click here to log into your onCampus account. Click the link in the yellow bar at the top of your onCampus page that says 1 Form(s) to Review. This link will lead you to the information that needs to be updated. Your information will remain saved in your account until you hit the submit button.
The spiritual and academic growth of our students as well as their future success are the chief aims of the WLHS faculty and staff. Thank you for entrusting your sons and daughters to us and for the role you allow us to play.
A strong home-school partnership is critical to student success. Back to school information will be available through downloads and links on the 2020-2021 School Information resource board. This board will be continually updated as information becomes available throughout the year.
To access the 2020-2021 School Information resource board, log into your onCampus account here. Below the blue bar at the top of the page, click on Resources. Click on the Rejoice icon that says 2020-2021 School Information.
Wisconsin Lutheran High School does not provide yellow school bus service. Students have to arrange their own way to school via city bus, automobiles, carpooling, etc.
Milwaukee County Transit has a city bus stop directly in front of our high school for our students to use during the school year. Wisconsin Lutheran High School does not provide city bus tickets. For information on route information, purchasing bus tickets or bus passes, and rider restrictions due to COVID-19, please contact the Milwaukee County Transit System at 414-344-4550 or online here.
The Guidance Office is offering a College Essay Writing Workshop on Tuesday, August 18 at 9:30 a.m., at St. John's Lutheran Church, Wauwatosa. This is for seniors to assist you in writing a compelling essay for your college applications. The workshop will include brainstorming topics, parts of the essay, reviewing Common Application and UW System Essay questions and how they have adjusted questions due to COVID-19. Time will be allowed for writing. All counselors will be available to provide feedback.
WLHS is continuing its partnership with Taher Food Service Management Company for the 2020-21 school year. Taher offers chef-based meals for breakfast and lunch.
Taher cooks from scratch with fresh, quality ingredients, partnering with local farmers and growers. Their licensed dietitians stay current on advancements in nutritional knowledge, and they continuously weave these into their school breakfast and lunch programs. Taher will follow best practices and CDC guidelines for food preparation and serving.
Taher’s food service director at WLHS is Sarah Derouin, who also happens to be a WLHS alum and current parent.
On Tuesday August 25, all students who have elected virtual education will have a half day orientation at Wisconsin Lutheran High School. This is only for students who have elected to attend school virtually for the first semester. Students' attendance is necessary for this half day to pick up chromebooks, take their ID picture, meet their teachers, learn how to connect to different classes virtually, and receive their textbooks. If you have questions, please contact the Guidance Office at 414-453-4567.
Virtual learners will receive a separate communication regarding the schedule for the day.
WLHS welcomes Mrs. Katie Chavez to the Guidance Office this school year. Katie and her husband, Cirilo, are members at Peace Lutheran Church in Hartford and have three children: Eladio (8), Dayanara (5), and Ariana (3). Katie loves to travel and experience new cultures, and she and her family regularly travel to Mexico to visit her husband’s family. Her primary role in the Guidance Office will be working with students for college and career advice, as well as personal counseling. Please welcome Mrs. Chavez!
During the last week of July, art instructor Mr. Michael Wiechmann took an AP Art and Design Class through Rice University. To view more work from Mr. Wiechmann, visit his Facebook page Wiechmannart.com. Mr. Wiechmann's Sustained Investigation image collage creation includes three of his children.
NOTE: If you receive a Direct Meal Certification letter in the mail, this indicates your child(ren) are already eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch meals during the 2020-21 school year. Please do not submit an application.
Step 1: To Create Profile If you’ve used Mealtime online and have a parent profile, simply ‘Sign-In’ (the website can be viewed in Spanish by choosing the En español link). Continue to Step 2.
If you do not have a Mealtime parent profile, click the ‘Register’ box and enter: Username, Password, Name, and Email Address. Continue to Step 2.
WLHS parents in the USA, earlier today, an E-mail regarding your selection for the 2020 fall semester back-to-school learning was sent. Many have filled out the form already, this is only a reminder for those who have not. Selections must be made by the end of the day on Friday, August 7. International students and families should make contact with program director Mr. Eric Duwe regarding instructional choices for the fall. Link to the E-mail correspondence can be found here.
The Wisco trailer, which is mainly used by the performing arts department, recently received some new vinyl decals. The trailer is used for moving instruments, music stands, steelpans and more! Says Wisco Director of Bands, Quinten Petersen, "It's great to see the Wisco brand more prominently displayed when we head out for church and community events." The trailer itself was purchased through the Plauz Fund, a student stock-market learning experience at Wisco.
Two evenings have been set aside for parents to review important school policies and discuss mutual concerns about the new school year on Monday, August 24 and Tuesday, August 25. School administrators and counselors will be present at these meetings, as will members of the WLHS Board of Directors. New this year, we will be offering an organization fair which will highlight the sports and co-curricular activities available at WLHS.
To accommodate social distancing, we ask that families whose last name begins with A-L come on Monday, August 24, and families whose last name begins with M-Z come on Tuesday, August 25. If you cannot make your date, please attend on the other date. Students are not required to attend these meetings, but are welcome to come.
Parents are invited to join us for the following valuable information:
On Monday, August 3, the WLHS Board of Directors approved the newly revised 2020-2021 school calendar. Please note the changes on November 13 and March 1, 2, and 3 to full school days. Exam days in December and May will also be full school days. Click here to see the calendar.
Our school theme for the 2020-21 school year is “Rejoice in the Lord Always” from Philippians 4:4. Perhaps you are running into your share of commentators who are forecasting doom for our country right now. Looking to current events for a reason to rejoice is futile. By God’s grace we look instead to our relationship with Jesus Christ. Our faith in him allows us to retreat every day to the powerful truths that won’t change:
WLHS student Lily Dang was planning a public baptismal service in March before the safer-at-home order closed school and face-to-face church services. While Lily's baptism was private, she says, "I would love to make it official that I am a Christian now!" Lily joins a total of four WLHS students who were baptized this past spring.
Wisconsin Lutheran High School's drive through graduation was featured on the cover of the July 2020 Accelerate magazine, a Waukesha County Business Alliance publication. The cover story can be found on pages 18-21 of the online edition found here. WLHS had the opportunity to share our virtual efforts during the safer-at-home spring school year.
The 2019-20 school year was the first year that WLHS competed in the Wisconsin High School Esports Association. Four days prior to the season ending tournament, the coronavirus suspended all school activities. However, our students were able to conclude their League of Legends season remotely and defeat Fox Valley Lutheran in the semifinal. The team made it to the State Championship final game against McFarland and lost 2 games to 1.
Wisconsin Lutheran High School submitted a back-to-school health & safety plan to the Milwaukee Health Department on Thursday, July 23. While face-to-face instruction is the most effective learning environment, our Instruction and Learning Task Force continues to develop our distance learning plans which will build upon and improve on the model we presented last spring. To accommodate training and any technology installations the task force recommends, we have moved our school start date to Wednesday, August 26 which is our freshman and new student orientation day. Classes for all students will begin Thursday, August 27.
Our Honey Creek Hall and Place building project improvements continue this summer! A new parking lot, path to and from the dorm and fencing will be going up soon. A new retaining wall is being built and optical fiber installed to the dorm for improved internet access.
Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) has announced that all fall sports seasons will take place; however, the start dates for most sports will be delayed. Boys and girls cross country will be permitted to begin practice with prescribed acclimatization protocol Monday, August 17. The earliest practice date for football, boys soccer, and girls volleyball is Monday, September 7.
Register now for the 30th Annual Friends of Wisco Annual Golf Outing, rescheduled to Monday, August 24, at Ironwood Golf Course, in Sussex, Wis. Cost is $160 per person with shotgun start at 10:00 a.m. Price includes: green fees, golf cart, lunch and dinner, and two drink tickets. Purchase a hole sponsorship and receive a discount on a foursome of golf. For registration and sponsorship information, visit bidpal.net/wlhsgolf20. Registration is limited to the first 216 golfers. Please register by Friday, August 14.
WLHS is working closely with our vendors to ensure that we are abiding by all state and county guidelines. For questions about COVID-19 safety measures, contact the golf course at 262-538-9900.
WLHS’s Young Alumni Leaders Council (YALC) is looking for young, professional alumni interested in finding ways to keep recent graduates engaged for the benefit of each other, our students and WLHS. Interested in serving in this unique way? Visit wlhs.org/yalc for more information.
WLHS Theology Instructor and International Campus Pastor Brian Doebler has accepted his call to serve as pastor to King of Kings Lutheran Church at Garden Grove, Calif. Pastor Doebler will be leaving for California sometime this summer. God has richly blessed the WLHS ministry through Brian's service, and we will miss his contribution. Yet we trust God's leading in this as in all transitions, and we rejoice with King of Kings that their call for a shepherd has been answered.
The featured Wisco Champions for July 2020 are Corey and Erika ('94) Tipton.
We decided to contribute to Wisco as Wisco Champions for many reasons. As a Wisco alumna and as parents of students who currently attend Wisco, we have seen the many benefits of the Christ-centered education at Wisco. Wisco prepared me academically and spiritually for my journey after high school. The daily chapels and religion classes, while they seemed redundant as a student, were daily reminders that our spiritual well-being is very important and needs to be nurtured daily. We are blessed that our children also receive this excellent education and spiritual foundation at Wisco.
The last video from Wisco's four-part series "A Conversation on Race: Where Do We Go From Here?" has been released this week. Students, fathers, and mothers have real conversations about racial issues happening in our world today. Listen to their stories and be encouraged to talk to one another in Christian love. Series can be found on the WLHS YouTube channel here.
Parents, guardians, and alumni, please log in to your onCampus account here to make sure your contact information is up-to-date. Click on the drop-down arrow by your name, then select 'profile.' It is very important that we have your current address, phone number, and E-mail address on file. It is especially important to have your E-mail addresses up-to-date as this is our preferred method of communication.
On the 4th of July, WLHS grad, Josiah Ricke ('12), had the special honor of being selected to fly over the White House. Josiah serves in the Marine Corps and is training to fly AH-1Z attack helicopters. He is currently stationed in Jacksonville, NC. It was a combination of his skills and the random draw that gave him this special opportunity.
Josiah notes that his time in high school with the WiscoXC program helped him be better prepared for his life and work in the military, similar to the "band of brothers" that he now has in the military. Josiah was a captain on the Wisco 2011 State XC Championship team.
Recent events in our country have led to a time of social unrest and serious discussions about race relations. WLHS also wants to engage in these conversations informed by God’s Word and our Christian values. In the next three weeks, a 4-part series called "A Conversation about Race: Where do we go from here?" will be shared on the WLHS Vikings YouTube channel here and with links through social media.
Do you have sheet music that is collecting dust or taking up space in your filing cabinet? Are there instruments in your home that would welcome the chance to be played again? WLHS is pleased to accept donations of sheet music and instruments. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept pianos or organs at this time.
During the quarantine period this last spring, four of our teachers expanded their families by adopting a dog. Wisconsin Lutheran High School is pleased to welcome Ms. Tranberg's Pomeranian - Belle (picture #1), Mr. Ile's German shepherd/plot hound - Clem (picture #2), Mrs. Knight's boxer/spaniel mix - Jack (picture #3), and Mr. Petersen's chocolate Labrador - Louie (picture #4) who was born on Leap Day.
Summer is the time for music at Wisco! While there are still some uncertainties and adjustments that need to be made, we want to ensure the safety of all of our students and staff participating in musical activities. All summer activities that are scheduled have risk mitigation plans in place to keep the music going.
Information about Inspiration vocal jazz can be found here.
Information about Wisco Kids show choir can be found here.
At the end of the 2019-20 school year, WLHS has two more retirements.
Mr. Kurt Seeger has been in the teaching ministry for 44 years, 27 of those years here at Wisco. He came to the high school in 1993 from Atonement Lutheran School. As well as teaching, Mr. Seeger has also been Director of Technology.
Congratulations to recent graduate Cam Campbell (’20) who has received a full scholarship to Northwestern University at Evanston, Illinois. Cam’s award covers tuition, room and board, books and other costs for an annual total of $80,000. During his tenure at WLHS, Cam distinguished himself as a strong student and leader.
Recognized by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association as an Individual Academic All-State his senior year.
Member of the National Honor Society and on the Honor Roll.
Selected as a WLHS Viking Christian Leader for his commitment to excellence and exemplary character his junior year.
Participated in the Chick-Fil-A Leadership Academy his freshman year.
“Garden Homes prepared me for Wisco and Wisco prepared me for Northwestern,” says Campbell. “My teachers and coaches always supported me and pushed me to be my best self.”
Campbell joins 2019 WLHS grad Alicia Webb who also received a full, four-year scholarship to Northwestern. Webb and Campbell talked last year after a chapel when Webb was recognized for her acceptance into Northwestern. The pair have kept in touch and both plan to pursue careers as lawyers.
Did You Know?
Northwestern University was recently ranked #9 by U.S. News & World Report of Best National Universities and has an acceptance rate of just 9%.
The University received 39,261 applications for its 2020 freshman class.
The featured Wisco Champion for June 2020, is Pastor Victor ('74) and Karen Fischer.
It is our honor to contribute to WLHS as Wisco Champions. As a student (Victor) I think of the staff and my classmates during all of these years and how they pointed me to remain focused on my one true friend, Jesus. Wisco set the stage through four unforgettable years founded and grounded in the Savior. That's what makes Wisco tick. That may not have seemed important when I was a student, but now as an adult I appreciate that foundational truth that Jesus walks with us every step of the way until we reach eternity!
At the end of the 2019-20 school year, WLHS said farewell to some outstanding teachers and staff. In the English Department, Dr. Carol Krause, Mrs. Bev Braun, and Mr. Gil Tatge are retiring. Interesting to note, a Krause has been on staff at the current Wisco building since the beginning (Carol's father, Robert, was the original principal in 1955-56)!
Another phase of our Honey Creek Hall and Place building project is unfolding this summer. The old campus house has been razed to make room for more parking as well as a sidewalk and retaining wall that will provide improved safety and beauty for our dorm students. Stay tuned for updates about the progress of this project!
In an attempt to put a positive spin on a lost spring sports season, a high school Track and Field enthusiast created an “All-Time Wisconsin State Championships in Track and Field." He encouraged each high school to submit their school records. These track and field records were then put into a scoring system in relation to other schools. Well, the results have been released.
Senior pictures for the 2021 Compass yearbook must be submitted by Wednesday, October 21, 2020. More information regarding senior pictures, farewells and biographies can be found here.
Seniors may schedule a photo session with any photographer of their choice. If you would like to schedule a photo session with Gerry Milton, our official photographer for the 2020-21 school year, call Moments & Memories Photography at 262-560-0787 or 414-305-6201.
Congratulations Michael Kuether ('20) winner of the Cooped Up Young Creatives Film & Video Festival!
Four students in Wisco's Video Production class taught by Mr. Michael Wiechmann, took the initiative to each submit one of their projects from a virtual learning assignment to this festival. Along with a cash prize, Michael also received a year-subscription to Celtx, video production software, and personalized feedback from an industry pro. For a list of all winners and to see Michael's video, click here.
We are asking your cooperation to return all school property including: chromebooks, chargers, textbooks, calculator rentals, library books, music, uniforms and all other Wisco property. School items can be dropped off at the receptionist's window Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. or Friday 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Wisco Director of Bands Quinten Petersen was invited to virtually perform with 100 quarantined steelpan players from eight different countries. Produced by Pan Rocks this video was created for Pan Rocks International Quarantine Steelpan Jam. Click here to watch.
Wisco is one of three high schools in Wisconsin that has a steelpan band. Mr. Petersen taught three different steelpan ensembles at Wisco this past year.
A WLHS Back-to-School Task Force is currently addressing three key areas of our operation for the coming school year: instruction and learning, safe and healthful practices, and residential life. We want to share with you what we believe is in the best interests of our students and what we pray we can deliver in the 2020-21 school year. Read More
Shout out goes to rising Wisco senior Noah Kontny who this month organized a peaceful protest in his hometown of Fort Atkinson, Wis. In particular, Noah brought a focus to easing the strain between police officers and the communities they serve by inviting police and residents to speak to each other.
Thank you Noah for your commitment to growing hearts and love towards one another. Click here to read the full story.
Wisconsin Lutheran High School is looking to hire a planned and major gifts officer. Applicants should have experience in the field of planned gifts, development and/or sales. For a full job description or to submit a resume please contact Becky Glass at email@example.com.
Another faithful teacher is retiring, Art Instructor Mrs. Marilyn Bond. Marilyn has served Wisco since 1993—the past few years in a part-time capacity. Throughout her tenure she has played a prominent role in our fine arts visual department, and many students have discovered talents, abilities, and passion under her guidance. We wish Marilyn God's richest blessings in retirement.
Thank you to our Graduates and parents for your patience and understanding as we navigated rules and restrictions due to Covid-19 to provide a new and unique virtual graduation ceremony and drive through graduation reception for our seniors on Saturday, May 30. Mr. Gil Tatge gave the address based on the class verse Deuteronomy 31:6. The theme of his address was Live Your Life as an Exclamation Point Not a Question Mark. Salutatorian Claire Chen and Valedictorian Jonas Doerr, spoke words of inspiration and encouragement to their classmates. Click here for the 2020 virtual graduation service.
While the end of the 2019-20 school year brought many changes, one tradition was able to continue. Students in A Cappella Choir taped themselves singing the beloved graduation song, "An Expression of Gratitude." Link to the video the students created can be found here.
At the end of the 2019-20 school year, WLHS said farewell to some outstanding English department staff — Dr. Carol Krause, Mrs. Bev Braun, and Mr. Gil Tatge. Interesting to note, a Krause has been on staff at the current Wisco building since the beginning (Carol's father, Robert, was the original principal in 1955-56)!
Wisco golfers, you have a few extra weeks to brush up your swing! The 30th annual Friends of Wisco Golf Outing has been rescheduled for Monday, August 24, at the Iron Wood Golf Course in Sussex. Information on how to register will be shared beginning in July 2020. We look forward to seeing you out on the green soon!
Members of the WLHS Class of 2020 are invited to a special rescheduled Reunion Zero on Wednesday, November 25, 2020. Full details will be E-mailed to you in the fall, please save the date. To confirm we have an updated E-mail on file, please contact Assistant Director of Alumni Development Cindy Krueger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-453-4567.
Congratulation to Wisco student-athlete Julia Treichel ('20)! Julia has signed to play volleyball at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, while studying towards a nursing degree. Blessings Julia!
Obtaining a Participation Card is necessary to try out for a sport at WLHS. A Participation Card is secured by the athlete from the Receptionist and presented to the coach of your sport on the first day of try-outs. The Participation Card assures the coach that the WIAA mandated registration is completed and you are eligible for participation in interscholastic athletics. Under no circumstances are you allowed to try out or practice for a sport without your Participation Card. The sooner you complete your information, the better!
In a private ceremony, WLHS International Pastor Brian Doebler had the honor of baptizing another Wisco student, Julian, into God's family of believers. What a joy to see God’s grace richly poured out on this young man!
August 17-18: Parent Information Meetings August 19: New Student Orientation Day August 20: First Full Day of School
Our hope is that face-to-face instruction and learning will take place next fall; however, we are planning for various scenarios. We will keep our families informed of any changes over the summer. Please keep your contact information, particularly your E-mail address, up-to-date. Call the school at 414-453-4567, especially if you are not receiving communication from us. Click here for the 2020-21 calendar.
While the A Cappella Choir wasn't able to perform at Prism this year, members of the choir found creative virtual ways to still sing together. Using a little technology and their God-given talents, the group sang "Bridge Over Troubled Water." Click here to watch.
Due to all the uncertainty surrounding social gatherings at this time, our annual Wisco Summer Night event will be cancelled for this year. The Wisco Alumni Team looks forward to seeing you at future events.
Wisco wrestling coaches and auxiliary dropped off curbside awards to the 2020 senior wrestlers. Congratulations and future blessings to Sammy Bausley, Nate Doan, Larry Dolphin, Adler Henn, Ruben Micheel, Lucas Nygaard, and Aundre Reid.
On Saturday, May 30, at 10:00 a.m., WLHS will release our graduation video on our WLHS Vikings YouTube channel here, with links to the video on our wlhs.org website as well. Also on Saturday, May 30, from 12:00 (noon)-3:00 p.m., seniors will celebrate their graduation with a drive through reception at Wisconsin Lutheran High School. Graduates will walk across a stage and receive their diploma from Principal Leyrer. Faculty and staff members will be in attendance to congratulate and wish our seniors a fond farewell. The WLHS alumni team will also be on campus to welcome our new graduates into the WLHS alumni family. Details on how we can celebrate the day are as follows:
In keeping with tradition, we commend these students whose cumulative grade point average places them in our Academic Top Ten. Special acknowledgment goes to this year's valedictorian, Jonas Doerr, and salutatorian, Claire Chen. National Honor Society members will receive their cords at the graduation reception on Saturday, May 30.
The Class of 2020 has recorded almost $3 million in scholarships, to date, including a full ride scholarship to Northwestern University. Please note the following awards and recognitions:
This last week, WLHS International Pastor Brian Doebler had the honor of baptizing Wisco student Walsen, and WLHS Campus Pastor Dr. Phil Huebner had the honor of baptizing Wisco student India Cross in private ceremonies. What a joy to see God’s grace richly poured out on this young man and woman!
We are asking your cooperation to returnall school property including: chromebook, textbooks, calculator rentals, library books, and all other Wisco items. Please try to comply with the following schedule for returning items and to practice social distancing. Click here for more information.
The featured Wisco Champion for May 2020, is Saynousone "Sy" Vanissaveth ('99).
Reflecting on where I am now, I look back to the foundations that brought me here. I know that I would not be where I am without my Savior. It’s a miracle that God brought me into His family as an immigrant from Laos without any knowledge of Him, and a part of that miracle is moving my parents to send me to Wisco. Not only did I receive an excellent education that challenged and pushed me to be better, I also received a strong foundation for my faith that continued to grow through hearing, studying, and living God’s Word, and that kept me close to Him and trust Him during the toughest times.
Once again, the Lord blessed Our Hands for His Service (OHFHS) mission efforts this year. A year of student-driven fundraising events, work days, and offerings brought in $24,148.97 under the theme "Hand in Hand with Haiti." Click here to watch the OHFHS reveal video. Proceeds will support Branch Lutheran Schools in Haiti, which includes eight orphanages and three WELS grades schools. Branch Lutheran serves more than 900 orphans and local students by providing shelter, education, and the gospel.
Attention seniors! On Tuesday, May 26, as you return your textbooks and Chromebooks to Wisco, stop at the front lobby for a special senior salute. Your high school alumni department wants to send you off with best wishes. Pick up some Wisco goodies before you leave!
The Wisco Vikingers League of Legends team finished their WIHSEA season with an undefeated record and claimed the e-sports championship in their division this past weekend. They bested teams from Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, and Iowa on their way to victory. All-State winner Zack Chen was awarded a medal for being one of the five best players in Division 2 this past season. Congratulations on an excellent inaugural season, and we look forward to continued success in the future!
New families coming to WLHS as either incoming freshmen, transfer students, or students who have not yet played a Wisco sport, must participate in our athletic orientation. Because we cannot meet together at this point in time, we ask that new families view the online presentation here, by Monday, June 1. Right now, we do not know what the status of athletics will be in the fall of 2020, but please don't delay in signing up your child for participation.
The week of May 26-29 will be used to return textbooks and chromebooks, clean out lockers, and pick-up art projects and yearbooks. In order to minimize traffic and adhere to social distancing guidelines, each class will be assigned a specific day:
Seniors – Tuesday, May 26
Juniors – Wednesday, May 27
Sophomores – Thursday, May 28
Freshmen – Friday, May 29
More details will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.
To the parents of our incoming freshmen Class of 2024, welcome to your first issue of the WLHS Weekly E-news! The Weekly E-News is delivered to your E-mail address every Wednesday during the school year. Please keep us informed of any E-mail address changes, as this is the communication tool used to convey information and upcoming events at Wisconsin Lutheran. WLHS encourages feedback to help us make our communication with you more effective. Contact Central Office at 414-453-4567 with any comments or questions.
High school graduation is a rite of passage that ranks among the more important events in a person’s life, and we desire to acknowledge this accomplishment in a meaningful way, yet within the parameters set by our state government. Just how to do this has been on our minds daily. With recent information and guidlines from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services we have decided on our course of action. Click here for our 2020 graduation plans.
Our Parent/Athlete Orientation for new families will be offered in a virtual platform for the 2020-2021 school year. A presentation will be made available in mid-May on the Parent Information page of Atheletics on our wlhs.org web site and will also be E-mailed to all incoming 9th grade families who are registered for the 2020-2021 school year. This orientation meeting is for students participating in WLHS athletics for the first time and their parents and will address:
Wisco faculty and staff surprised our seniors with 2020 graduation lawn signs this past weekend. While safely social distancing, both teachers and students had a chance to share in this rite of passage. We wish God's blessings to our seniors and safe, healthy future plans! To be a part of the social fun, visit WLHS Vikings on Facebook or Instagram.
Seniors that have remaining funds in their meal accounts will be refunded their balance via check at the end of May. If you wish to transfer your funds to a sibling with an existing account (not an incoming freshman), you may do so by E-mailing Sarah Derouin at email@example.com.
All students must be current in their account (not negative) in order to fulfill the requirements of graduation. All other students will roll their balances into the 2020-2021 school year.
When the WIAA spring sports season was officially canceled, Coach Lueck regrouped his distance runners and refocused them on what the future may still hold, reminding them of Jesus' Easter victory that is ours day after day. Part of his team's refocus plan included a four-week running schedule, which became the Quarantine Olympics. Coach Hernandez offered the team an extra challenge, encouraging the team to write a four line poem incorporating running and the current novel coronavirus crisis. Here's what the team came up with:
Teacher Appreciation Week this year is on May 4-8. During the transition to virtual learning, our teachers have maintained a positive outlook and kept Christ in all we do. Our teachers care and pray for your children on a daily basis. Click here to see a video from students and the Board of Directors, thanking teachers for their ministry.
Before students left our building, the 2020 WLHS Prom Court was elected by the junior and senior classes. The seniors then voted online for their prom king and queen. On Saturday, May 2, the prom court met at WLHS for the crowning while practicing safe social distancing. Congratulations to WLHS prom queen Larissa Roby-Brown and king Damarius Clay. Click here for the link to the video.
We regret to report that most of our domestic mission trip sites have canceled their outreach plans for the summer, and travel arrangements to the others are uncertain. Unfortunately, we are officially canceling all summer 2020 mission trips. Participating families have been informed in a separate communication.
Refunding options are under discussion and will be forthcoming. Mission trip coordinator and Campus Pastor Phil Huebner thanks everyone for their understanding and patience. He also assures us that our mission trips are only on leave for now. They will be back!
Enrollment fees were due April 15, 2020. The enrollment contract is found in your OnCampus account (click here to login to OnCampus). A $200 enrollment deposit is due at the time of submission which is a down payment on your 2020-21 tuition. The enrollment contract and fee are NOT required for returning MPCP or WPCP students. Payments can be made by credit card or electronic check.
Once you have completed your contract, you can go to the Resource Page and click on the Smart Tuition logo and it will redirect you to your account so you always have access to view your account.
While face-to-face instruction is on hold, many of our Wisco teachers are making use of technology to keep in touch with students, offer additional academic help, or reinforce homework assignments. Featured this week, Mr. Josh Nelson's virtual science lessons and home office lesson planning (photos 1-2) and Mr. Scott Raymond working with his pre-algebra students (photo 3). Wisco family, we are still with you, safe at home!
Wisco family, we continue to pray for you, asking God to give you strength of faith and character to meet the challenges of virtual learning and remaining safe at home with grace and favor. We are all dealing with the novel coronavirus in different ways. For a list of additional resources, please click here. May God keep you safe in his care.
Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week and we need your help! Parents and students, send in a short video thanking your talented WLHS teachers for all they do by Sunday, May 3 firstname.lastname@example.org. Be as creative as you can! Your message might include:
Art students at Wisco have been busy even when they are distance learning. Each week, creations from Wisco students will be shared in the Weekly Peek. "I have been amazed at the God-given talent of the artists at our school and the way they have continued in their creative exploring even when they have had to work from home," says art teacher Mr. Wiechmann.
Thanks to all our coloring contest participants for sharing your creations with us! You give inspiration and color to us. Seeing your God-given talents is wonderful.
In art teacher Mr. Weichmann's video, posted on Facebook here, he shared the wonderful designs that were submitted as well as the three winners of our contest. Congratulations Mary Hahm (8th grade student) (photo 1), Nhu Nguyen "Belle" Phan ('20) (photo 2), and Karen (Kasulke) Mathwig ('73) (photo 3).
Congratulations to the newly elected Student Council representatives and WWW (Wisco Witnesses in the World) executive board for the 2020-21 school year! Click here to see a list of the Student Council representatives. The WWW council is as follows:
While on lockdown, the students and staff of Honey Creek Hall dormitory are staying busy with a variety of activities that allow them to keep building relationships, practice creativity, encourage the community, and, of course, study!
Activities pictured: poster-making to thank delivery drivers, school day, board games, Culture Club, art contest
Advanced Placement (AP) Exams will be administered from May 11 to May 22. The College Board has made modifications to their AP exams so that students will take exams at home on their devices under prescribed parameters, and each subject’s exam will be taken the same day at the same time worldwide. AP students have been receiving information about these changes and can direct any questions to their AP teachers.
National High Five Day is an annual observance that encourages all to give out high fives and is typically held on the third Thursday in April. According to the National High Five Project, the event began in 2002 at the University of Virginia after a group of students set up a booth and gave out high fives and lemonade.
Wisco quickly found out that this day happens to be Mr. Jason Nickels' favorite "holiday." To keep the good vibes going, students and faculty sent in clips to create a virtual Wisco high five video. The video even received recognition from the "National High Five Day" Facebook group! Login to Facebook here, to watch.
Teachers are finding innovative ways to provide instruction for their students, keep them motivated, and add a personal connection during our time of virtual learning. Just to name a few: international student program department meeting (picture 1), math team meeting (picture 2 & 3), and Mrs. Shakirah Cousin's JV volleyball team meeting (picture 4 & 5) — all 13 players were online to meet. Keep that spirit Wisco family!
Last Thursday, April 16, Gov. Evers extended the Safer at Home order to May 26. WLHS will comply with this order and continue to deliver our curriculum through virtual learning until the end of the school year. As always our instruction will be marked by its pervasive Christ-centeredness and high academic standards. For more end of year updates, click here.
The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association's (WIAA) Board of Control voted to cancel the WIAA Spring Sport Season in all activities. This was an expected move given Gov. Evers latest order, however; we know it is disappointing. Click here to read the full update from Athletic Director Mr. Jeff Sitz.
On April 14, WLHS celebrated 414 Milwaukee Day (aka - Milwaukee's area code), with a special WLHS Day of Caring. The WLHS family was invited to share photos or posts demonstrating Christ-like acts of caring, such as food drop-offs for family, chalk or window messages for neighbors, or homemade projects while safely social-distancing. What a blessing to know that the love of Christ can still be seen during this novel coronavirus time.
With our school year transitioning to safer-at-home learning, WWW (Wisco Witness in the World) and Student Council are looking for gifts to help them reach their $10,000 OHFHS (Our Hands for His Service) mission project goal. The 2019-20 project "Hand in Hand with Haiti" is partnered with Branch Lutheran Schools of Haiti. This year, Branch Lutheran has about 900 students enrolled in their four schools; 100 are orphans and live in orphanage facilities that are located in three of their schools. Money would go towards: food, uniforms/shoes, books and supplies, and three new classrooms.
To donate online, please click here, and select OHFHS.
Congratulations to Hannah Behroozi, Alyssa Ebeling and Alexandra Miles for taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and meeting requirements to enter the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. With a Selection Index score of 209 or above, these high performers have shown outstanding academic potential. From more than 1.5 million program entrants, each of these students is among the 50,000 highest-scoring participants who will be recognized as either Semifinalists or Commended Students in the fall.
With the recent change to our "normal" Wisco school life, one thing that hasn't changed are the daily chapel messages that follow our 2019-20 worship plan. Make these chapel messages a part of your daily routine when you login to onCampus. Once you login here, hover over the News icon in the top menu bar, and select "Featured Content." Recent archived chapel messages will be available on that page. Chapel videos will continue to be uploaded to the WLHS Vikings YouTube channel and shared on social media.
Together we raised $462,500 in support of our students. We are so incredibly thankful for your generosity and willingness to bless Wisconsin Lutheran High School financially in these uncertain times. Thank you!
If you haven't had a chance to view this year's auction video please click here. It's a true testament to the ministry work being done at WLHS each and every day!
Wisco art teacher, Mr. Michael Wiechmann, has released pages of his coloring bookhere to spark fun and creativity during our COVID-19 safer at home time. To add some color to this project, Mr. Wiechmann will pick three submissions to receive a $50 gift card of their choice, as well as a Wiechmannart.com set of three stickers.
Colored pages must be submitted by Friday, April 24, to email@example.com, or by tagging Wisconsin Lutheran High School on social media. Don't worry, we'll send reminders on Facebook so that you can also post to our page. Ready, set, Picasso!
You can get online video tutorials in algebra, precalculus, calculus, and trigonometry from Wisco's own math wizard Mr. Brian Gottschalk. For the math "faint of heart" a word of caution: you might be amazed and learn something all at the same time! Thanks Mr. Gottschalk! Click the link here to learn more!
"It's nice to be able to do a few 'normal things' and see the students again," says Mrs. Haakenson, WLHS Library Media Services Director and advisor for Page Turners, WLHS' book club. This week, Page Turners met online, via Google Meet, for their first book club meeting since the safer at home mandate. Other Wisco co-curriculars and classes are using virtual meetings to provide additional academic support and keep our Wisco family connected.
Beginning April 20, WLHS is transitioning to a 4-day school week for virtual learning. Teachers will deliver lessons and assignments for Monday-Thursday and attendance will be taken. Fridays will be reserved for department meetings and teacher preparation. Teachers will also be available to students who have questions or need help. No assignments will be due on Fridays. For more information and updates on student and parent polls, attendance, and other virtual learning guidelines, click here.
On Saturday, April 4, WLHS successfully carried out its first ever, all online live auction! While we were disappointed that we could not host our guests at the high school this year, the online auction reached over 1.5K views on YouTube and gathered more than 500 friends on Facebook. We praise God for blessing the efforts of our staff and moving the hearts of our supporters. If you have any questions about item pick-up, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to sharing the final total raised with you soon. To watch a recap of our online live auction, click here.
Coincidentally, the first Easter weekend, Jesus’ followers were sheltered in place. Fear for their lives drove them behind locked doors (John 20:19). If a boulder-sealed grave couldn’t hold Jesus, certainly a locked door was no match. And so Jesus appeared to them. His first words could have been “Why did you leave me?” or “I told you this would happen; why didn’t you believe me?” Instead, he said simply, “Peace be with you!”
This is the peace of our sin-debt paid and our eternal life assured. The WLHS Faculty and staff prays you will revel in this real though undeserved peace won by our victorious Savior. We shelter in place to keep harm out; seize the joy of knowing a Lord who couldn’t and wouldn’t be kept out of your heart.
Online classes will not meet during our Easter break which begins on Good Friday, April 10, and runs through Monday, April 13. WLHS will be closed those days as well. Virtual learning will resume on Tuesday, April 14 as will our building hours: Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
The Smart Tuition enrollment fee deadline has been extended to Wednesday, April 15, 2020. This $200 per student fee will be applied as a down payment on your 2020-21 tuition (the enrollment fee is NOT required for all MPCP students and returning WPCP students). Payments can be made by credit card or electronic check either online or over the phone with Smart Tuition. Families applying for WPCP for the first time should pay the down payment and if accepted into the program, they will be reimbursed.
The boys distance runners from Wisconsin Lutheran High School are maintaining their dedication to track training while social distancing. In addition to their daily running, the boys meet for a virtual core session every other day for 30 minutes. Coaches Hernandez and Lueck lead the strength session as the boys do the work. In one day, 13 boys ran for a total of 675 minutes which is 52 minutes per runner. We are very proud of their work and dedication!
Well, I don't bear much different news. You all know that our US president has indicated that we are not to gather in place (face-to-face education) until the end of April. The first day we could be in school is Friday, May 1, which means that the first day we could play events (if we practiced Friday and Saturday) is Thursday, May 7. The WIAA says we will have to follow their start of the season regulations and practice for five days before we can play . . . (golf requires only three days, so they could get a jump start on the rest!).
We are excited to have our students back in Honey Creek Hall after a restful break! For the week of spring break, 28 Wisco host families opened their homes to international students when the dormitory closed over break. During these short-term stays our students become like one of the family, and students and hosts enjoy the experience of sharing their cultures with one another.
Monday, March 30, was the first day of virtual learning at WLHS, and 97% of our students logged in to onCampus for their daily assignments. We recognize that this is a work in process and encourage both parents and students to give feedback in a survey that will go out this week. Click here for the WLHS Long Term Virtual Learning Guide for Students and Families.
On Saturday, April 4, at 7:00 p.m., we are broadcasting the 2020 WLHS Auction as an online live event! Our goal is to have over 1,000 WLHS friends from around the country to rally around our students and families like never before. Join us for an evening of inspiration, entertainment, and purpose, by joining our interactive "WLHS Online Auction Group" Facebook page.
Congratulations to our senior student athletes Trinity Moore and Ashanti Weeks. Just before we moved to virtual learning, the two signed letters of intent to continue in track and field at the collegiate level.
Students in Mrs. Patti Wenzel's ('83) Fashion Tech 2 class are making face masks to help hospitals in short supply during this COVID-19 crisis. Mrs. Wenzel pre-made kits with instructions that are available for her students to pick-up in the WLHS lobby. What a blessing for our students to continue learning while helping others!
Our morning chapel services are the spiritual anchor of each day. In this unprecedented time, we want to stay connected around God's Word. Each weekday, we plan to share a chapel message on our WLHS Vikings YouTube page at 9:00 a.m. Click here to watch or subscribe to our channel. Please share with your family and friends. Help us spread God's grace.
Meet Louise, our resident African Spurred Tortoise, courtesy of science teacher Mr. Jason Nickels. Every so often she enjoys a nice stroll throughout the hallways of Wisco. Louise is 18-years-old, but could live to be 100 — a pet for life! Visit our WiscoVikings Instagram page here, to watch a video of Louise.
On March 6, 2020, 18 international students dedicated a few hours of their winter break to make the short journey to Marquette University for a campus and admissions tour. The students dined in a brand new residence hall of Marquette, toured the campus, and learned about the admissions process and the types of academic programs and extracurricular activities Marquette has to offer.
We've decided to make the 2020 Dinner Auction an online event! On Saturday, April 4, Wisco friends EVERYWHERE can rally together via livestream and mobile bidding to support the cause of helping our students. Click the link here, and select "Sign In" at the top right of the page for FREE REGISTRATION to mobile bidding. The WLHS Dinner Auction is critical for our tuition assistance fund so that we can meet the growing needs of every student and family.
Through the Department of Health, Governor Evers’ latest order states that Wisconsin schools“shall remain closed for the duration of the public health emergency or until a subsequent order lifts this specific restriction.”
This means that the length of our closure is no longer tied to a date but is now indefinite.
Unfortunately, we were not able to meet with all freshmen students before the extended school closure began. Freshmen students who did not meet to select their courses will be getting an E-mail from a counselor to complete this process. Please take some time to review and respond to the E-mail.
The SCRIP year ends on Tuesday, March 31. You may still place ScripNow or Reload orders until March 31, which will be credited for the current rebate year. SCRIP rebates will be finalized the first week of April and applied to either your tuition account, a rebate check or rolling it over for future use. If you have a change of rebate request or if you do not remember what you chose, please E-mail email@example.com in the next week. We will follow your original designation if not contacted.
After spring break on March 23-27, virtual classes will begin on Monday, March 30. Click here for guidelines about virtual learning. Please watch your E-mail for any updates or changes to this schedule and do not hesitate to reach out to teachers and administration with questions and comments. We are in unchartered territory now which calls for widespread cooperation. Thank you.
Wisco's “Viking-2-Viking” program recently offered topic dicussions focused on trade professions. Mr. Kyle Safranek (‘00), Production Supervisor at Glenn Reider, shared with students the various opportunities and rewarding work within the trades. Viking-2-Viking, a program developed through Wisco's guidance and alumni relations offices, brings together alumni with juniors and seniors to talk about life after graduation, career paths, and how to be productive, Christ-centered professionals.
The week of March 23-27 is our scheduled spring break. The weekly E-news will be on spring break as well. The next edition will be out Wednesday, April 1. Stay tuned to E-mail, the WLHS website, texts, and robocalls for any important updates.
The weekend of March 6-8, WLHS produced its annual musical. More than 1,000 students and adults enjoyed Disney's Newsies. Many thanks to the volunteers, parents, and students who gave countless hours of help. What a blessing to display the musical talent of our gifted cast and crew.
All sophomores met with a counselor to select their courses for the 2020-2021 school year. If you have not had a meeting yet, please stop in the Guidance Office to schedule one with a counselor. Freshman scheduling meetings are starting today. Check your E-mail for an invitation from a counselor. It is important that you show up at your scheduled time. Talk with the counselor who sent you the invitation if you have any questions.
On Wednesday, March 18, we will follow the half day schedule found on page 12 of the printed student handbook. Dismissal is at 12:21 p.m. Breakfast will be available in the morning, but lunch will not be served. Faculty will use the afternoon for professional development.
Inspiration, WLHS' vocal jazz group, has the exciting opportunity to sing the national anthem at Miller Park on Tuesday, May 19. This marquee game, which starts at 6:40 p.m., features the Milwaukee Brewers against the New York Yankees! WLHS has a block of group tickets in the terraced reserved section for $10 a ticket. Tickets may be purchased at Central Office with cash, check, or credit card. Tickets will be available for pickup in early May, at Central Office M-F 7:15 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Purchase tickets online here. A $.75 convenience fee per ticket will be added to all online and credit card ticket orders.
Realia is the term used to refer to objects or activities that relate classroom teaching to real life, especially of a population or historic period being studied. US History students brought in items from the Roaring 20s or Great Depression. One young lady wore a flapper dress and played a song on her guitar. Other students brought in washboards, small appliances, 78 RPM records, the first Blondie comic strip, Depression-era glass, knobs and tubes on a wall stud showing 1920s electrical wiring in houses, and tube style radios. The best part of the assignment was that students had opportunities to talk with their grandparents or great grandparents about their ancestors who lived through the 20s and the 30s.
“Be the Vision” at the Wisconsin Lutheran High School annual dinner auction on Saturday, April 4, at 5:00 p.m. The gym will be transformed into an elegant dinner venue. Enjoy the excitement of silent and live auctions, raffles, and more! Reserve a table of 10 or single tickets at www.wlhs.org/auction. For auction information, sponsorship opportunities, or to donate an auction item, contact Heidi Witz at 414-453-4567, ext. 2004 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A non-refundable Enrollment Deposit of $200 per student is required by March 31 to reserve your child's seat for the upcoming school year and to ensure course scheduling priority. This $200 is part of your child's total tuition for the school year, not an additional fee. The enrollment fee does not apply to MPCP students or returning WPCP students. If you have applied for WPCP and are awaiting the lottery results, you must pay the $200 enrollment deposit. If you are chosen for WPCP, your $200 will be refunded. The enrollment deposit is due at the time you submit your enrollment contract by electronic check or credit card. Regular monthly payments are due on the 1st or 15th dependent on what is chosen in the contract. Monthly payments can be made in person at WLHS (cash or check), via electronic check or credit card in your Smart Tuition account through OnCampus, or over the phone with Smart Tuition (888-868-8828).
Everyone is invited to the secular Spring Band Concert on Thursday, March 19, at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium at Wisconsin Lutheran High School. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free. The concert will feature a wide range of musical selections from the various ensemble groups at Wisco.
Wisco esport teams are headed to the conference championship playoffs — a feat they accomplished in their first year as a team! Congratulations to Zach Chen ('21) (pictured left) on being selected to the All State team. Zach was the only player to receive consensus honors in the state. Ben Haakenson ('21) (pictured right) received 2nd Team All State for his jungler role. Both Zach and Ben participate for Wisco in the League of Legends division.
Students of WLHS have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of co-curriculars that allow them to explore their strengths and talents, grow in confidence, and build valuable relationships. Some of the co-curriculars international students are currently involved in include: basketball, forensics, chess club, robotics, choir, track, culture club, cheerleading, and many more!
Join the WLHS Fine Arts Department for an Evening of Spaghetti and Songs on Friday, March 6, between 4:30-7:00 p.m. The Choir Associates will serve all-you-can-eat spaghetti and various WLHS choirs will perform. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children (three and under eat free) and can be purchased at the cafeteria door that night.
Under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) rule, all primary and secondary schools are required to develop and implement a plan for managing all building materials which contain asbestos. Included in the AHERA Act is the requirement to annually notify all workers and building occupants (or their guardians) of asbestos-related activities. Beginning in 1988, all buildings owned, leased, or under the control of Wisconsin Lutheran (WLHS) were inspected by EPA accredited inspectors, with building material samples analyzed by an independent laboratory.
Sunday, March 8, marks the beginning of Daylight Savings. Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night. While this means we will lose an hour of sleep Saturday night, we look forward to the extra hours of sunlight and hopefully spring-like weather to come!
On Wednesday, March 4, almost 800 students from our conference elementary schools were delighted with the premier of the musical production of Disney's Newsies. Cast members appreciated the support of their former teachers and classmates.
WLHS was excited to welcome the following schools:
Wednesday, March 11 marks the end of the third quarter. Parents, please remind your students to check their onCampus account (click here to login) and be sure that all assignments are completed and entered. Final grades for third quarter will be available by Monday, March 16.
Congratulations to Dulce Chaidez ('21) and Ouray Harper ('21) who were selected as Viking Christian Leaders for the month of February under “The Wisco Way Word": Integrity. We thank God for the way Dulce and Ouray have modeled Christian integrity at school and in the community. Any student or staff member may nominate a student for the Viking Christian Leadership Award which is presented each month to one young man and one young woman.
"City Lights" is the theme of the WLHS Junior and Senior Prom coming up on Saturday, May 2. Tickets go on sale Monday, March 30-April 15, $60 per person. After April 15, the price goes up to $75 through April 17. Tickets can be purchased in the business office. If you plan to bring an outside guest, please pick up a guest form from central office prior to purchasing your tickets. For more information, visit the resource board in onCampus, by logging in here.
New this year, the venue has moved to Grace Center Downtown Milwaukee. The schedule of events for the day are as follows:
This past weekend over 100 Wisco students participated in the WSMA Solo & Ensemble Festival to celebrate the musical gifts God has blessed them with. In total, Wisco brought home 219 medals; 187 of which were gold.
More than three hundred artworks by Wisconsin students in grades 7-12 are featured in the annual Scholastic Art Awards exhibition that celebrates young talent in our state. This year, the juried exhibition drew from over three thousand submissions in multiple media categories. WLHS had four students honored at this event: Honorable Mention - Amelia Butler ('23), Silver Award - Tiffany Chen ('23), Gold Award - Harry Tang ('23) (pictured here) and Lucy Li ('21). Congratulation to these students on their outstanding achievements. Their artwork will be on display at the Milwaukee Art Museum until March 21.
Junior students are reminded that they are required to take the ACT on Tuesday, March 3, as a part of their school-day schedule. Juniors, please arrive promptly by 7:30 a.m. You will not be admitted to the testing rooms after the test has started. Parents, there is no cost or online registration required. This is an official ACT test. Scores from this test are necessary for most college applications. Dismissal will be at 1:00 p.m. Lunch will not be provided on this day.
On Wednesday, March 4, seniors will pick up their caps and gowns for graduation along with any extra graduation items they ordered. All extra items ordered from Jostens must be paid in full with cash or money order before the order can be released. Included in the cap and gown packet are 15 tickets for the graduation ceremony. These are the only tickets each senior will receive.
Wisconsin Lutheran High School intends to hire a Technology Manager. Primary responsibilities include overseeing school networks, camera systems and phone system. Other responsibilities include recommending hardware for faculty, staff and students, troubleshooting hardware issues, inventory of school hardware and E-Rate applications. This position will start on or around May 1, 2020. Inquiries and resumes should be sent to email@example.com.
Today (February 26) is Ash Wednesday which begins the start of the Lenten season in the Christian Church year. Students attended a special chapel service on Tuesday led by Dr. Phil Huebner, campus pastor, and Pastor Brian Doebler. Fernanda Rocha ('19) sang several anthems and a 14-piece orchestra also added to the special worship service. The theme for this year's Lenten series is The King Came For Us. Chapel is a highlight of the WLHS school day where our students, teachers, and staff members gather together to worship our Triune God and at this time of year in particular reflect on our sinfulness and the brutal price our Savior paid to save us from our sins. Click here to watch the Ash Wednesday chapel service. Link to livestream daily chapels service can also be found on the E-news sidebar or wlhs.org hompage.
What job is consistently rated as one of the top jobs in the US and requires a love for math? Answer: Actuary
Many people, including students, have no idea who an actuary is and what they do on a daily basis, which essentially is assessing risk. Earlier this month, Mr. Gottschalk, math department chair, chaperoned six students to the Northwestern Mutual downtown campus for their annual actuarial workshop. The workshop provided students with first hand information about being an actuary. One of the breakout sessions involved a simulation game where students were able to experience the types of problems and decisions actuaries face everyday. The workshop provided a wonderful opportunity for students to identify another career in which they may be able to use God's great gift of mathematics in the real world.
On Tuesday, March 3, all Seniors will partake in the annual Reality Store, under Mr. Jason Goede's direction. The goal of this event is to teach our seniors how to spend, share, and save their God-given finances. Volunteers come in to help teach financial literacy to the students as they walk through a month of bill paying and dealing with the unexpected financial events (e.g. car repairs, medical bills) that adults experience. This is a mandatory school day for seniors. Students will be dismissed by 1:00 p.m. Lunch is not served that day.
Seniors will also have their picture taken in cap and gown this day for a future issue of WLHS' publication Contact. Order forms are being sent home with seniors on Thursday and are available in Central Office. Pictures will arrive before graduation and a digital option is available.
Don’t let your grade school children waste a minute this summer. Signup for summer camp at Wisconsin Lutheran High School and explore a wide variety of activities and interests in a Christian setting. Camps include: theater, sports, robotics, and cheerleading. For more information and to register, visit www.wlhs.org/explorers.
On Friday, February 21, the girls of Honey Creek Hall enjoyed the opportunity to invite a local school friend into the dormitory for an afternoon. While guests can ordinarily spend time with residents in the lobby, this was a chance to bring friends upstairs into their units and bedrooms and introduce them to dorm life. Stephanie Hernandez ('20) organized this event with games, snacks, and a contest with trivia about the dorm. Do you know the answers to these trivia questions?
WLHS is excited to bring to stage the Tony award-winning production of Disney's Newsies. Performances are Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 8, at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now, and may be purchased three different ways: online here, at the reception window of Central Office, or through the mail-in ticket order form downloaded here (tickets will be assigned and available for pickup at Central Office). A convenience fee will be added to online ticket orders. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children (through eighth grade).
Come early on Friday, March 6, for an Evening of Spaghetti and Songs hosted by the Choir Associates and support our Fine Arts department. The all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner will be served in the WLHS cafeteria between 4:30-7:00 p.m. Enjoy pasta with meat sauce, breadsticks, and salad. Coffee, tea, and desserts will also be provided. Inspiration and Wisco Kids will perform between 4:45 and 7:00 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults, $7 for children (three and under eat free).
The featured Wisco Champion for February 2020, is Jessica Potter ('01).
The reason I became a Wisco Champion is taking what God has graciously provided me and paying it forward so other young men and women could have the same opportunity to grow in Christ at the most influential time of their lives.
All alumni, friends, and spouses are invited to attend the WLHS Tailgate Party at American Family Fields of Phoenix on Friday, March 6, 2020, where the Milwaukee Brewers will take on the San Francisco Giants. If you have not done so already, please RSVP to the tailgate by Friday, February 28, by clicking here. RSVP does not include admission to the game.
Join us for a tailgate partyBEFORE the game in the parking lot (look for WLHS signs!) starting at 11:00 a.m. Please note, this is a change from previous announcements.
The 2020 WLHS Dinner Auction, the premier fundraising event at Wisconsin Lutheran High School, will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Your participation allows you to have a personal role in supporting the success and spiritual lives of our students.
WLHS Mission Advancement office is looking for item donations and sponsorships. Donations can include: tickets to athletic or musical events, kitchen decorations, toys, handy-man tools, pet accessories, bath products, and more! Or, purchase an ad for the auction booklet to promote your business. For more information click here. Items should be dropped off at the high school by Friday, March 13.
Nain Evangelical Lutheran Church (1665 S. 57th Street, West Allis) was founded in 1914. They have over 180 members. Nain's partnership with Wisco includes the various choral and musical groups of Wisco assisting in worship services.
Next week, on Ash Wednesday, February 26, Christian churches around the world will mark the beginning of the penitential season of Lent. Nain Lutheran Church will hold their "Imposition of Ashes" Ash Wednesday service at 7:00 p.m.
German 3 and 4 classes had an opportunity to visit the Milwaukee Art Museum. As part of their art unit, students toured the museum and selected an artwork they particularly liked. They then created a presentation for the class, in which they described and interpreted their favorite art work in German natürlich!
Thanks be to God our current Gaining Ground campaign exceeded its $1 million goal by the January 31 deadline. Many donors, a number of them new, supported this effort and we thank them as well. The land acquisition is now in the final stages of closing. WLHS president Dr. Ken Fisher said, "Wisco is so grateful for your partnership and prayers. Every conference congregation agreed to participate in Gaining Ground and without that support it would have been impossible. God be praised for what he can do through his people!"
On Wednesday, February 26, we will follow the half day schedule found on page 12 of the printed student handbook. Dismissal is at 12:21 p.m. Breakfast will be available in the morning, but lunch will not be served. Faculty will use the afternoon for professional development.
As a part of our Black History Month observance, WLHS welcomed Mr. Charlie Weddle for a presentation after chapel on Wednesday, February 19. Mr. Weddle is a seasoned citizen who grew up picking cotton in Tennessee and later broke the color line in Wisconsin stock car racing despite clear opposition to him based on race. A strong Christian and St. Marcus Lutheran Church member, Mr. Weddle speaks frequently to young people encouraging them to push through obstacles with God’s help and to avoid being a victim. Click here to see an interview of Mr. Weddle on Channel 12.
David Carson ('21) has been nominated as Journal Sentinel's prep athlete of the week. The junior 113-pound competitor improved to 32-7 and helped the Vikings win the regional title last Saturday at Nicolet by scoring pins over Whitefish Bay’s Andres Pesch and Marquette’s Jaden Prom. A week earlier David won his weight class at the Woodland Conference meet. Click here to vote for David. Votes are limited to one per hour per device. Voting ends at 3:00 p.m. (CST) on Friday, February 21.
On Tuesday, March 3, ALL juniors will be taking the ACT required by the state of Wisconsin. In order to help juniors prepare for that test, a booklet with practice tests and information about the test has been provided by ACT. Any junior interested in receiving this booklet should stop by the Guidance Office.
The Guidance Office is hosting onsite admission days to MATC and UW-Milwaukee. Today, Wednesday, Feburary 12, an admission counselor from MATC wil help students apply and enroll in various programs for the fall semester. Thursday, February 13, an admission counselor from UW-Milwaukee will be meeting with students. There is still time to apply and participate in the onsite admissions process for UW-Milwaukee. Seniors who are interested are invited to come to the Guidance Office during their free period.
Wisconsin Lutheran High School has been celebrating Black History month this February in a variety of ways. Posters have been hung up around the building showing historical events of the Civil Rights movement. A timeline posted in the Atrium shows many individuals and groups standing up to fight inequality and racism. The Culture Club decorated doors and bulletin boards highlighting prominent events from several HBCUs - Historical Black Colleges and Universities.
Course scheduling with the junior class is concluding this week (February 10-14). Please review your student's course selections in onCampus (login here). Many students also added prospective colleges to their Naviance account. You can review this information through your Naviance parent account.
Wisco's National Honor Society is hosting a savory fundraiser at Qdoba Mexican Eats (418 N Mayfair Road) on Tuesday, February 18, from 5:00-9:00 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will go toward this year’s service project to support mission work in Haiti. An electronic or paper copy of the vouchermust be presented when you order. Click here for the electronic voucher. Applies to both dine-in and carry-out orders.
Open enrollment for the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program is going on now. All current WLHS families participating in MPCP must re-apply online each year at the link here. MPCP families are encouraged to come to WLHS this week to show proof of residency. Our hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Find our admissions staff in the upper lobby. Don't delay! Open enrollment closes Thursday, February 20.
Congratulations to Jonas Doerr (’20) who has advanced to National Merit Finalist standing. Jonas entered the National Merit Scholarship Competition his junior year with over 1.5 million other students.
Spring sports will begin soon. If you and your student have never seen and heard the risk video and code of conduct presentation, you MUST attend the above-mentioned meeting on Monday, February 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the atrium. Parents and their students must attend and then sign forms which will stay on file in the athletic office for those students. Upon completion of the proper forms, a participation card will be issued to the student, who will then give it to his/her coach. All forms are available on the school's website. You should register your student once a year for athletics online by clicking here.
In the Valentine edition of Pilot, read about WLHS' new Culture Club, Winter Festival, the mystery of Thursday's chicken bowl, the dangers of teen vaping, and more. Check out the new comic strip Flying Funniez. To explore the full edition, click here.
Wisconsin Lutheran High School is excited to welcome student athletes from our conference grade schools to the boys and girls basketball tournaments. This week, on February 13 and 15, boys teams will compete and next week, February 20 and 22, girls teams will have their turn at the championship. We look forward to seeing future Wisco Vikings on our campus, and pray all teams have a fun and God-blessed tournament. Click here for boys team brackets and here for girls team brackets for the tournament.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Brian and Erica Gottschalk on the birth of their daughter on Monday, February 10. Mr. Gottschalk ('96) teaches AP Calculus, AP Stats, as well as Honors Trigonometry at Wisco. Ember Jean joins her three brothers Ethan (12), Brady (10), and Bryce (5). Mom and baby are doing well. We thank God for blessing the Gottschalk family!
Under the Sea Winter Festival 2020 was a swimming success! The week's activities included dress-up days, lunchtime competitions, festival court, basketball games, and much more. Isaiah Roberson was crowned Festival King. The week capped off with a dance Saturday night which included a bubble machine and record Festival dance attendance.
Juniors have begun course selection for next school year. Take some time to review the classes they have selected after your junior student meets with a counselor. You will also see an official notification in onCampus. These individual meetings also review post high school plans. Many students have updated Naviance with schools they are considering. You can view these schools through your parent account for Naviance. If you have any questions, please contact the counselor your student met with to complete course requests.
Step right up and try your luck at over 45 fun games! Wisconsin Lutheran High School will be hosting the Kid's Carnival on Sunday, February 16, from 1:00-3:30 p.m. Children age 3 through fourth grade are invited to play games, meet live animals, and participate in other fun activities. Each $3 admission receives 20 play tokens, or $5 gets you 20 tokens, admission to a magic show in the auditorium, and entrance into a bounce house in the multipurpose gym. The magic show is at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Concessions will be available for purchase. Parents and grandparents are admitted free of charge and encouraged to bring their cameras for some great photo opportunities.
The Physical Education 2 class has been playing volleyball using a ball slightly bigger than a beach ball. The larger ball slows play which allows more inclusive participation and builds skills for students learning to play volleyball. Despite the slower speed, the competition is still fierce!
Siloah Lutheran Church (3721 N. 21st Street, Milwaukee) was founded in 1894 and the school in 1898. The church has 150 members and the school enrollment is 87 students. Siloah's PreK-8 partnership with Wisco includes the various choral and musical groups of Wisco assisting in worship services, WLHS student-athlete reading buddies program, spelling bees, and forensic festivals.
Congratulations to Ian Beck ('20) and Grace Schneider ('22) who were selected as Viking Christian Leaders for the month of January under “The Wisco Way Word": Wisdom. We thank God for the way Ian and Grace have modeled Christian wisdom at school and in the community. Any student or staff member may nominate a student for the Viking Christian Leadership Award which is presented each month to one young man and one young woman.
Have you thought about writing or are a writer who wants to improve her craft? Then consider attending the WELS Women Writers Conference on April 24-25, 2020, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Waukesha. Explore the diverse opportunities in the world of writing and publishing. Meet other women who are seeking to use writing gifts for God's glory. For more information, visit the website here.
Welcome to the Year of the Rat! One of the highlights of the year for our students who are far from home is the annual International Lunar New Year party. Students of Honey Creek Hall, international homestay students, homestay families, mentors, and other friends gathered to celebrate and share this intercultural event. Harry Tang (‘20) and Una Luo (‘20), Quang Le (‘21), and Oumjy Zhang (‘21) shared presentations about the new year celebrations of China, Vietnam, and Korea, respectively. Students and guests enjoyed authentic food from local Asian restaurants, exchanged language, tried their hand at calligraphy, played some East Asian games, and sang karaoke for hours! Happy New Year!
Beginning Monday, February 3, text notifications will be sent to parents of students who have been marked unexcused for at least two consecutive periods throughout the school day. Please be sure your contact information is up-to-date in onCampus (click here to login). If you have not yet opted in to receive text messages from WLHS, please text YES to 87569.
On Wednesday, February 5, we will follow the half day schedule found on page 12 of the printed student handbook. Dismissal is at 12:21 p.m. Breakfast will be available in the morning, but lunch will not be served. Faculty will use the afternoon for professional development.
Midterm grading day is Monday, February 3. Encourage your student to check his or her grades and make sure that all assignments are completed and turned in to date. If you have any questions or concerns, contact your student's teacher.
Jill Anna Ponasik, Producing Artistic Director for the Milwaukee Opera Theatre, was a special guest during A Capella rehearsal this week. Ponasik offered critiques after the choir performed a few selections for her. She also listened to individual solos and encouraged group critiques of each performance. "When our students receive this type of professional advice, it really helps them see how they can stretch their God-given abilities," Mr. Ned Goede, A Capella Director said. "It also introduces our students, planning for a musical future, to potential jobs in the music community."
All current WLHS families participating in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP), or the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP), must re-apply each year. The 2020-21 online application link for both the MPCP and WPCP opens February 3. You can click here to read about further information and requirements for both programs.
All MPCP and WPCP applications must be completed online. You will need an E-mail address to complete your application.
This week is National School Choice Week. Wisco's A Cappella Choir was honored with an invitation to sing at the Wisconsin State Capitol for the Wisconsin 30-year anniversary celebration of School Choice with Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday, January 28. Click here to hear a brief excerpt of their performance. Wisco student Trinity Moore ('20) was recognized by Vice President Pence for her success and educational growth at WLHS. What an incredible opportunity for our students to support this great program and let their lights shine!
Join us for our Winter Festival pep rally in the main gymnasium at school this Friday, January 31, at 2:15 p.m. We will be following our pep rally schedule as noted on page 11 here in the student handbook and planner. Classes end at 2:15 p.m. to allow for an all-school pep rally which concludes at 3:00 p.m. Parents are welcome to join us, but be ready for some noise!
St. John's Lutheran Church and School (7809 Harwood Avenue, Wauwatosa) were founded in 1882. The church has 1,200 members and the school enrollment is over 250 students. St. John's PreK-8 partnership with Wisco includes the various choral and musical groups of Wisco assisting in worship services, WLHS student-athlete reading buddies program, drama and musical performances, spelling bees, and forensic festivals.
On Sunday, January 26, WLHS invites 5th graders and their families to the 5th Grade Extravaganza. The evening includes food, fun, and entertainment. Students and parents have a chance to learn about our caring, Christian environment, superior academics, award-winning co-curriculars, generous tuition assistance, and the amazing opportunities that WLHS offers. The students will tour the building in the form of a scavenger hunt. To register for this exciting event, click here.
This year our Advanced Metals class chose to create a barbecue grill as their culminating project. Students created plans in 3D CAD software. Then, they used 3D printing to make a prototype which they tested. Finally, they emailed the files to a laser cutter, and now will begin welding. A special thanks to Argon Industries for donating thousands of dollars worth of material. It all makes summer feel just a little closer! God bless their work.
Wisco's National Honor Society is hosting a fundraiser at Oscar’s Frozen Custard (2362 S 108th St, West Allis) on Tuesday, January 28, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. All proceeds will go toward this year’s service project to support mission work in Haiti. An electronic or paper copy of the vouchermust be presented when you order. Click here for the electronic voucher. Enjoy delicious Oscar burgers, fries, and custard while supporting a good cause! We hope to see you there!
Beginning in January, our football and volleyball players have been visiting PK-2nd grade students in our conference schools and reading with them. Our high school student-athletes love being reading buddies and interacting with the younger students. They look forward to more visits and reading this winter, but so far have enjoyed visiting the following grade schools:
Junior Parents - Junior students have met with counselors to discuss their upcoming course selection, and how to build a list of colleges to apply to. This includes identifying safety, target and reach schools. Those who are interested in a trade or technical school also received information on resources for their desired career.
Individual junior meetings will begin Monday, January 27, to complete course selection for senior year, and to review post high school plans.
Wisconsin Lutheran High School collaborates with Smart Tuition and Smart Aid to process tuition assistance requests. Click here to apply for tuition assistance. Smart Aid instructions can be downloaded here. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 31, 2020.
The theme for the 2020 Winter Festival is "Under the Sea." Join us next week for exciting activities including dress up days, lunch time activities and more in celebration of Festival. Details will be released to the student body during a short presentation on Friday and morning homeroom announcements.
The dance will take place Saturday, February 1, at 7:00 p.m. in the WLHS gymnasium. Students must have their student ID to enter and no one will be admitted atfter 8:00 p.m.
Wisco is proud to announce that Coach Jason Goede, head girls track coach, has been recognized by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) as the 2019 Wisconsin Girls Track & Field Coach of the Year. Previously, he received recognition from the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for that same honor. Congratulations to Coach Goede and his staff and team for earning this well deserved recognition. What a great example of the faithful application of God's gifts at Wisconsin Lutheran High School!
Members from the 2009 State Championship Boys Basketball Team & 2009-2010 State Championship Cheer Teams we went to celebrate with you! You and your family/a guest are invited to a 10-year reunion in the atrium at Wisconsin Lutheran High School on Friday, January 24, 2020, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. The reception includes a nacho bar and free entry to the Wisco boys varsity home game that same night vs New Berlin West at 7:15 p.m. The 2009 Boys Basketball team will be announced prior to tip off with the 2009-2010 Cheer squads recognized at halftime of the game. RSVP by January 17, 2020, to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 414-453-4567 ext. 2018.
Happy 2020 class reunions! Classes ending in "0" or "5" (ex. 1995, 2000) will be celebrating reunion anniversaries. Partner with the Wisco Alumni Team to help plan your class' reunion. If you are interested, please contact email@example.com or 414-453-4567, ext. 2018.
Career Exploration Night and College Fair is Wednesday, January 22 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for students to talk with professionals from a wide variety of fields, including: engineers, IT professionals, skilled trades, service careers, business, industrial trades, civil service and law, military recruiters, and health related fields. Students will also be able to attend a College Fair that same evening.
On Friday, January 17, Wisconsin Lutheran High School will hold its annual worship service to thank God for the civil rights movement. Mr. Henry Tyson, Superintendent of St. Marcus Lutheran School, will give the address, "What are you doing for others." Mrs. Becky Metzger and Wisco's A Cappella Choir will assist in worship. The service will be livestreamed here at 8:39 a.m. (CST).
We will follow the morning assembly schedule found on page 11 of the student planner and handbook which includes a 5-minute homeroom.
On Friday, January 10, Coach Eric Lueck was inducted into the Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association (WCCCA) Hall of Fame Class of 2020. Coach Lueck was nominated as an athlete and coach for this honor and then selected by the Hall of Fame Committee. His extensive credentials include thirteen conference championships. For a list of all WCCCA 2020 Hall of Fame inductees, click here.
This year's boys varsity basketball team has a promising mixture of experience and youth. Their fast-paced wins drew the attention of Journal-Sentinel reporter Mark Stewart whose January 8 editorial in the Journal-Sentinel sports online subscription can be found here. Cheer on our Wisco winter sports teams! Click here for an up-to-date schedule of WLHS sports events.
This week marks the beginning of the inaugural season of esports at Wisco. What is esports? Click here to find out more. Sixteen students made it through competitive try-outs to represent our school on the digital battlefields. Each week, these competitors will face off against another Wisconsin high school in League of Legends or Rocket League. Over 80 schools will be vying for a spot at the state championships in March. The Wisco esports channel is featured on Wisco's YouTube channel here. Watch live matches, replays, and support our Vikingers this season!
Mr. Mark Ricke, Director of Enrollment, visited 5th graders in our PK-12 partner grade schools giving them the tools to create a Wisco-inspired design. Once the projects were complete, the grade schools and Wisco community were invited to vote for their favorite flag design. Congratulations to Atonement Lutheran Grade School (design #1) who received the most votes and whose 5th grade class will receive a pizza party.
The Tony award-winning production of Disney's Newsies is coming to the WLHS stage. Performances are Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 8, at 1:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Monday, February 3, and may be purchased three different ways: online here, at the reception window of Central Office, or through the mail-in ticket order form downloaded here (tickets will be assigned and available for pickup at Central Office). A convenience fee will be added to online ticket orders. Every WLHS student will receive one free ticket with a school ID at the reception window. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children (through eighth grade).
Get the girls together for an afternoon of fashion! Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres, a runway show put on by Wisco students, and great music! Featuring apparel from David's Bridal and LulaRoe. Please join us Sunday, January 19, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Tickets start at $5 - front row $10. All ticket proceeds benefit the "In the Image" scholarship. Visit www.wlhs.org/image for tickets.
If your student has a food allergy, please indicate it on your student's contact card by logging into onCampus here. Because your onCampus account is separate from your food service account, also E-mail our Taher food service director, Mrs. Sarah Derouin, at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know what foods your student is allergic to. If your student's food allergies require a meal modification for breakfast or lunch, please note the meal modification request process listed on page 24 of the student handbook by clicking here.
If you have started to notice changes in the design and branding of Wisconsin Lutheran High School, your eyes are not deceiving you. Most notably, the website wlhs.org was just relaunched over Christmas break. Here are some helpful things to guide your online experience:
The Wisco volleyball team presented SaintA: Foster Care, Education and Mental Health with a special gift. The team was able to fulfill all the gift cards requests on SaintA’s angel tree. As a part of the Christmas celebrations, the team enjoyed dinner with the teens and officers from Milwaukee District 7.
St. Paul's Church (S66W14325 Janesville Road, Muskego) was founded in 1858 and has over 2,600 members. The school began in 1968 and serves 340 students in PreK through 8th grade. St. Paul's partnership with WLHS includes our reading buddies program, sing-outs, drama and musical productions, Jr. Vikings, grade school band and more.
This past December, Mrs. Huebner's speech classes ended the semester with a TED talk style final speech. Using the microphone and podium in the auditorium, students were required to speak about a topic of their choosing while practicing public speaking skills in a larger setting than just their classroom.
Wisco art teacher Mr. Michael Wiechmann spent New Years Day in the hospital. However, he was more than excited to be there. The Wiechmann family welcomed new baby girl Autumn Hope at 2:01 a.m. on Wednesday, January 1. "Both mom and baby are doing just fine," Wiechmann says. We thank our heavenly father for a safe delivery. Add to the excitement, Fox 6 News was happy to report on the first 2020 Milwaukee-area baby born at Froedtert Hospital. Watch the story here.