Our school theme for the 2021-22 school year is "More than Conquerors" from Romans 8:37.
Creator of the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci is considered one of the greatest artists of all time. To ask whether he could draw a stick man seems a silly question. Of course he could. The question, though, illustrates a logical claim sometimes known as “the argument from the greater to the lesser.”
Interestingly, this line of reasoning appears frequently in the Scriptures. Consider Romans 8:31, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” If the God who created the universe, human life in his own image, and proved his unconditional love for us by sending his Son to die for our sins, who or what could overpower him? No one or no thing.
Still, we doubt at times. Despite what we know about the Triune God, we allow cares and challenges to look bigger than they are. But, in our relationship with the heavenly Father through Jesus Christ we are “. . . more than conquerors” (Romans 8:37), our theme for the 2021-22 school year. Romans 8:28-38 assures us that Christ’s conquests are ours and nothing can separate us from his love.
The Student Services Office is offering a College Essay Writing Workshop on Monday, August 2. from 9:00-11:30 a.m. to assist you in writing a compelling essay for your college applications. It will include brainstorming topics, parts of the essay, reviewing Common Application and UW System Essay questions. Time will be allowed for writing. All counselors will be available to provide feedback.
The New Family Parent/Athlete Orientation will take place Wednesday, July 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the WLHS auditorium. This orientation meeting is for students participating in WLHS athletics for the first time and their parents and will address:
Starting in August, a hold may be placed on parents' and students' onCampus accounts for various reasons including, but not limited to, school fees that have not been paid, an enrollment contract that has not been submitted, school property that has not been returned (textbooks, Chromebooks, chargers, etc.). Prior to being placed on hold, parents and students will receive an email stating the reason for the hold. If a hold is placed on accounts, parents and students will be able to log into accounts, but will not be able to view schedules, requests, grades, and/or report cards. Account restrictions will be removed when the issue is resolved.
Prior to the start of this school year, the login process to onCampus will change. Users will receive a prompt that directs you to change your username to your email address. Watch for an email invitation from Blackbaud, our database provider, to reset your login credentials (even if you already use your email address as your username). If a Google email address is used, users will be able to select "Sign in with Google" when they login; if a non-Google email is used, users will create their own password. More information will be provided in the email invitation from Blackbaud.
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 16 and Tuesday, August 17. School administrators and counselors will be present at these meetings, as will members of the WLHS Board of Directors. We will be offering an organization fair which will highlight the sports and co-curricular activities available at WLHS.
Monday, August 16, will focus on new students and their families and Tuesday, August 17, will focus on returning students and their families. 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:
WWW (Wisco Witnesses in the World) mission trips were back this summer! Although limited to a smaller group of students (due to international travel limitations) our teams were able to assist four mission churches which included: Victory Lutheran Church Jacksonville, Florida, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Edna, Texas, Holy Word Lutheran Church, Pflugerville, Texas, and Fount of Life Lutheran Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
WLHS is looking for volunteers to support WWW mission trip efforts. Volunteers are needed to run the roasted corn food booth at Wisconsin State Fair on select days between August 5-15, 2021. Sign-up for a five-hour time slot in either the morning or afternoon. By volunteering, you will also receive free admission to the fair for the rest of the day after your shift. Training will be given on site. For more information and to select a time slot, please contact Pastor Phil Huebner at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 414-453-4567 ext 2072.
This summer, Wisco is updating alumni contact and professional/employment information. You will be entered into a drawing to win a FREE MacBook when you confirm your information here by 11:00 a.m. (CST) on Wednesday, July 28.
Stay tuned to Wisco social media for other fun giveaways for our alumni this summer!
We have an energetic kitchen team that loves serving meals to our students and faculty at Wisconsin Lutheran High School. Come be a part of the fast paced fun!
Taher, our food service provider, is looking for food service workers that will work with a team for set-up, meal prep, serving, and end of service duties. Full and part time workers are needed. Please contact Sarah Derouin at email@example.com for more information.
Congratulations to WLHS Jr. Vikings Volleyball Coordinator Coach Meghan Mache. Mache received the 2020-21 Coach of the Year Girls 12 & Under - Junior Viking U11 by the Badger Region/AVCA. What a blessing to have Coach Mache use her God-given talents to support Wisco!
Marching band is open to all students at Wisco and 8th grade students from the Jr. Viking Band program. Click here to sign up for the 2021-22 season of marching, to view the schedule, and to volunteer.
All marching band activities take place outside of the school day and include rehearsals, performances at football games, and competitions around the state. The season runs from July to October. Students who have played band instruments or piano or have dance experience are encouraged to participate.
The spring sports season was outstanding for the Vikings! The work ethic and the persistence of our outstanding coaching staff were exemplary. We congratulate our student-athletes and coaches for some amazing accomplishments this past year.
Woodland Conference First Team All-Conference: Mason Ruh - Baseball, Sam Olson - Golf, Melissa Tonn - Softball Phrellis Lee, Isaiah Hopf, Jacob Spudat, Robert Rehm, Nathan Miller, Vincente Janik, Travis Beckler, Eva Kuehn and Jaiah Hopf - Track & Field
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.
Led by Mr. Quinten Petersen, Viking Steel had the awesome opportunity to perform in the Wauwatosa Independence Day Parade on Monday, July 5. Our steelpan band wowed the crowd with its fun melodies and songs, and Wisco alumni enjoyed seeing their alma mater represented in the parade. A big thank you to Central Wisconsin Window Cleaning for being our parade sponsor!
WLHS is excited to welcome to the staff alum Matt Zeitler ('14). In May, Zeitler joined the athletic department as strength and conditioning coordinator. Matt will be working with WLHS athletes and their coaches to improve their overall performance through weight lifting, as well as specialized speed, movement, and endurance training. "I want to contribute to the Wisco family by using the weight room as a connection point for all kids beyond just those who are athletes," he says.
Job Opening—Wisconsin Lutheran High School is looking for part-time staff to supervise and provide care for a globally diverse group of teenagers in our student residential facility at Honey Creek Hall. Resident and non-resident positions are available, for individuals or married couples, at any stage of professional or post-professional life. Duties include working evening and weekend shifts 2-3 days each week. Experience working in an educational or residential setting with international students is preferred, and candidates must be members in good standing of the WELS or ELS. Submit a resume to Becky Glass at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ironwood Golf Course was once again the setting for the annual Friends of Wisco Golf Outing, now in it's 31st year. More than 200 golfers came out to support the high school and celebrate the 1989 Wisco State Champion golf team with Coach Bob Lehninger (‘63). Chris Schroeder (‘91), Tim Staples (‘92), Andy Staples (‘90), and Mark Wilson (‘93) were honored guests from the championship team. Participants enjoyed sponsorship giveaways, games, and ended with dinner and awards at the club house. Special thanks to our golf outing committee and sponsors who make this annual event possible. Visit wlhs.org/events for more pictures.
Senior pictures for the 2022 Compass yearbook must be submitted by Monday, October 25, 2021. 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 In-Focus Photography, our official photographer for the 2021-22 school year, call In-Focus Photography at (414) 483-2526.
In June, art teacher Mr. Wiechmann led five of our students on a mission trip to St. Joseph, Michigan. There, they completely transformed the walls of Grace Lutheran Church and School by creating two new murals: one in the gymnasium, and one outside. It is amazing what they accomplished in just two short days. To God be the glory!
Please 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.
WLHS Viking Marching Band is excited to return to the field for the 2021-22 school year! Marching band is open to all students at Wisco and 8th grade students from the Jr. Viking Band program. Don't play a woodwind or brass instrument? Piano players are encouraged to join the front ensemble. The color guard also has openings.
All marching band activities take place outside of the school day and include rehearsals, performances at football games, and competitions around the state. The season runs from July to October. Stay tuned for information regarding band camp, registration forms, and volunteer opportunities and help spread the word now!
After winning the Woodland West Conferences and excelling in the WIAA Regionals, the girls and boys track and field teams competed in the WIAA Sectionals on Thursday, June 17. The following athletes are headed to the State Championship on Saturday, June 26, at UW-La Crosse to represent Wisconsin Lutheran High School:
After a year off due to COVID, Viking Summer Explorer Camps returned to Wisco with more than 400 grade school students attending. Camps that are running the fourth week in June include robotics, volleyball, cheerleading, and strength & conditioning camp (ongoing). Grade school students were able to select from various sport camps, theater, robotics, sewing, steel pan, and more. Follow Wisco social media on Facebook and Instagram to see what our camps are up to this summer.
Former Wisco teacher Mr. Mark Steiner has retired at the end of this school year. He taught here from 1998-2006, started our AP Calculus program, coached volleyball and track, and led the volleyball team to State in 2001 and 2002. He went on to teach and coach at Arizona Lutheran Academy for the remainder of his career. We celebrate his faithful service to our students over the years and wish him the best in retirement!
Sign up here as a Wisco Champion at any giving level by Wednesday, June 30, to receive a mystery prize and be entered in a drawing to win a $50 Scrip gift card of your choice! Our community of monthly givers makes an immediate impact on nearly 900 young men and women enrolled at Wisconsin Lutheran High School. When you become a Wisco Champion, you support academic excellence, faith and service, tuition assistance, and award winning co-curriculars at your high school. Champs additionally receive special invites, updates, news, and more! To learn more, visit wlhs.org/wiscochampions.
We congratulate all the Class of 2021 graduates from Wisconsin Lutheran High School! This year, the WLHS residential program had graduates from China, Japan, Montenegro, South Korea, Thailand, USA, and Vietnam. These students spent their years in Milwaukee residing in our high-quality dormitory and homestay programs. To celebrate this special milestone, WLHS hosted its annual Residential Program Graduation Banquet Dinner on the evening before the graduation ceremony. In addition to the students, attendees included program staff, homestay families, school administrators and teachers, and families from around the world who traveled to Milwaukee for the graduation. Additionally, some virtual students and families were able to log in from their home countries to participate in the special program. At the end of the program, a special tribute video was shown to the attendees, which highlighted the memories of our Class of 2021 students over the past few years.
We are proud of our Class of 2021 graduates and wish them God's blessings in their bright futures!
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!
To get your Participation Card, you need to do the following:
Wisco seniors received 2021 graduation lawn signs this year to celebrate their accomplishments and share the news. To see more photos and be a part of the social fun, visit WLHS Vikings on Facebook or Instagram.
Graduation took place on Saturday, May 29, at the Rock Sports Complex in Franklin. Mr. Ned Goede gave the address titled "Begin with the End in Mind" in which he encouraged our graduates to reflect on the day they stand before God the Father as his children made righteous in Jesus. Until then, let his love and gift of eternal life inspire them to serve others. Co-valedictorians Alyssa Ebeling and Qiusu (Emily) Miao shared words of inspiration and encouragement to their classmates. Click here for the 2021 graduation service.
Congratulations to the Class of 2021! We wish them God's richest blessings in all their future endeavors. Click here for more pictures.
August 16-17: Parent Information Meetings August 17: New Student Orientation Day August 18: First Full Day of School for ALL Students
An E-mail containing important information will be sent to each WLHS family the last week of July. If you do not receive an E-mail by the first week of August, please call WLHS at 414-453-4567, to make sure that your E-mail address is up to date.
At the end of the 2020-21 school year, WLHS said farewell to some outstanding retiring staff members: Mr. Keith Bowe, Mr. Ned Goede, Mrs. Lori Greschner, and Mrs. Dinah Haakenson. Keith (pictured upper left) retires from Wisco after 22 years total, Ned (pictured upper right) retires after 30 years at Wisco, Lori (pictured lower left) after 22 years, and Dinah (pictured lower right) after 29 years. What an impact these teachers have made on a generation of Wisco students. We wish them God's blessings in retirement and will miss them!
Students in our fine arts classes finished up their final projects and chose their most exceptional and favorite work to display at the Student Art Show from Friday, May 21, through Sunday, May 23. Many parents, students, teachers, and friends stopped by the show to view the various pieces of wonderful art created by our students and show their support for our fine arts programs.
We will praise our Lord for the Class of 2021 and their achievements at our graduation worship service on Saturday, May 29, at 11:00 a.m. at Franklin Field at the Rock Sports Complex (7035 S. Ballpark Drive, Franklin, WI). Gates open at 10:00 a.m. Due to limited seating, tickets are required for admission. Each senior will receive eight digital tickets for their guests.
A mandatory graduation practice for all seniors is Friday, May 28, at 12:30 p.m. in the WLHS auditorium. Visit our website here for the most up-to-date graduation information.
Once again the Lord has blessed the Our Hands for His Service (OHFHS) mission effort this year. Many months of student-driven fundraising events, work days, and offerings brought in $36,080.12. This was more than double the goal that was set for this year! Proceeds will support New Beginnings - A Home for Mothers. This Christian organization provides a loving and supportive place for single mothers to start a new life.
A big thank you to the conference elementary schools who contributed to the total. Most important, we thank God for the motivation, energy, and resources he provided to let us double our goal!
From May 21-23, the choirs and bands of Wisco delighted crowds with pop and Broadway hits. Among them were steelpan performances, a tenor saxophone solo, Beatles and Mama Mia medleys, and much more. Thank you to students, Fine Arts and Tech Staff, and the many volunteers who poured hours of work into these inspiring performances. Stay tuned for next year's concerts!
Reunion Zero is a tradition at Wisco. On the last Wednesday of the last week of school, our outgoing seniors are invited to a senior lunch sponsored by the Mission Advancement team. At the event, seniors have the chance to socialize with classmates, faculty, and staff. Fun giveaways, and a photo booth help connect seniors with their alma mater before they head out to future college, military, or career goals. We wish the graduating Class of 2021 God's richest blessings on their future! For more photos, visit wlhs.org/photos.
While we are just days away from summer vacation, the Summer edition of the student newspaper, Pilot, is out! Senior surveys, teacher retirements, spring sports, recycling, and a call out to senior Pilot staff members. Click here to read all about it.
Last Friday, Taste of Wisco returned to our halls! Faculty and staff sold food items during passing periods, from churros and smoothies to chicken sandwiches and cheesy potatoes. All proceeds supported our OHFHS mission project this year at New Beginnings - A Home for Mothers.
Students should return textbook and novels to their teachers by Friday, May 28. You will receive a notice if your student's books were not returned or were damaged. If you have questions, please contact Brent Bloomquist at email@example.com.
After exams are finished on Thursday and Friday, May 27 and 28, our technology team will collect student chromebooks so they can be cleaned, repaired or exchanged. Students may turn in their chromebook and charger in the library. Open drop off days will also be available the week after school ends on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 1, 2, and 3 from 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Make sure your charger matches your chromebook.
Thank you to the Class of 1990 for sponsoring the senior coffee truck this year! Seniors (and faculty & staff!) enjoyed beverages from the Better Together Cafe coffee truck on Friday, April 30. Lattes, chai tea, and refreshers were all on the menu. Seniors had a good time taking a break from the normal school day to fuel their studying and get some fresh air.
Did you know that without a will or trust, your loved ones could face huge tax burdens when you pass monetary or estate gifts on to them? The WLHS Foundation provides a service of will and estate planning to our school families, alumni, and friends. Click here for more information about this FREE consulting service with a certified professional to start your process or revise your current will.
College Possible is looking to hire graduates of four-year universities to coach Junior and Senior students at WLHS this coming school year. Please see the flyer here for the job description and application information from College Possible. If you have any questions about the College Possible program and the partnership with WLHS, please contact Emily Jiles, Director of Student Services, firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE: REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL Register now for the 31st Annual Friends of Wisco Golf Outing, on Monday, June 21, 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. Special this year! WLHS 1989 State Championship Golf Team, with Coach Bob Lehninger, will be honored at the event. For registration and sponsorship information, visit wlhs.org/events. Registration is limited to the first 216 golfers. Please register by Friday, June 11.
This semester, Mrs. Wenzel's Fashion Tech 3 students made stuffed animals to donate to infants at WELS Lutherans for Life. Mrs. Wenzel does a charitable project with her students each semester to encourage them to give back with their talents. Next school year, students will be making church paraments, stoles, and banners for area congregations. We thank God for the ability to serve others with the gifts he has given us!
Students in our fine arts classes are currently finishing up their final projects and are in the process of choosing their most exceptional and favorite work to display. The Student Art Show will be held in the WLHS atrium Friday, May 21, through Sunday, May 23. If you are attending any of the Prism concerts, stop by the atrium beforehand and view the varied pieces of art created by our students. Please come and support them as they share their hard work.
How fast do you have to have "IT"? Our culture tells us to find a microwave to speed up the process. WLHS Assistant Principal Mr. C.L. Whiteside, a man who sees multiple perspectives through coaching sports, serving in education, and attempting to conform to Christ, searches for the nonmicrowaved truth. Listen on Spotify, Apple, or wherever you get your favorite podcasts.
On Thursday and Friday, May 20 and 21, every WLHS student will receive their yearbook. The theme of our yearbook this year is Unmasked Potential. Despite all of the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, WLHS held in-person classes the entire school year. While this year may have looked a little different from years past in our school's history, the yearbook captures our students' and staff's persevering spirit and ability to adapt to current conditions while still rejoicing in all things.
Thank you to the Compass Staff and yearbook advisor, Mr. Michael Wiechmann. We will enjoy looking back and reminiscing about this unique year.
As a follow up to the group meetings at the end of April, all juniors were emailed the following handout Post High School Planning Summer Guide. This guide has things students can or should work on this summer to prepare for next school year in terms of applying to college, joining the military or finalizing a trades program or career path. Please note that Student Services will be hosting an Essay Writing Workshop at the beginning of August. Registration for this event will be in July. If you have any questions, please contact your student's counselor!
Under the theme Moonlight Masquerade, juniors, seniors, and their guests enjoyed our 2021 prom at the Sheraton, Brookfield. Congratulations to seniors Amy Rosado and Jonah Rindfleisch for being crowned Prom queen and king. Other members of the prom court were Nolan Elton, Bryce Pagel, Devin Rodgers, Corey Tipton Jr., Chazidy Carson, Lauren Clement, Najia Johnson, and Lauren Olson. Thank you to all of the wonderful parents for the countless hours spent planning, decorating, and chaperoning.
On Monday, May 10, seniors were honored for their academic accomplishments at Wisconsin Lutheran High School. The academic top ten were presented and special acknowledgment was given to this year's co-valedictorians, Alyssa Ebeling and Qiusu (Emily) Miao. National Honor Society members received their cords and scholarship recipients were recognized.
As the culminating project of their course this semester, our Construction Skills class built backyard sheds for some of our Wisco families. Students gained valuable, hands-on experience and learned about building codes, framing walls, attaching siding, building rafters, and more. It is wonderful to see our WLHS students hard at work in the community!
Mr. Leonard Proeber, teacher and director at WLHS from 1981-1995, is retiring from the public ministry at the end of this school year. Though he now serves at Michigan Lutheran Seminary, he taught choir and organ, directed musicals, and encouraged students to use their God-given gifts to the fullest during his 14 years at WLHS. We would like to invite anyone who had him as a teacher or director to share your well wishes by emailing Lmproeber@hotmail.com, or sending a card to:
On Thursday, May 20, we will follow the half day schedule found on page11of the printed student handbook. Dismissal is at 12:21 p.m. to accommodate a Prism rehearsal. Breakfast will be available in the morning, but lunch will not be served.
We remain committed to provide the complete Christian high school experience to our students and our belief that meeting students face to face each day is the most effective way to uphold that commitment. On Tuesday, May 11, an E-mail was sent out to all students and parents communicating our instructional intentions for the 2021-22 school year. Click here to read the full communication.
On Saturday, May 8, from noon – 4:30 p.m., forty-eight members of the WLHS 2021 National Honor Society walked around the track to raise money for New Beginnings, a Home for Mothers, which is this year's Our Hands for His Service mission project. The students raised over $5,000 with the event. We praise God for their willingness to serve their Savior in this way.
Some may remember when a new baseball stadium was built in Milwaukee (1996-01) and the roof didn’t operate perfectly. Millwrights, industrial mechanics, were called to fix it. WLHS students visited the training facilities of the local United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, which includes millwrights. The millwright responsible for the stadium roof repair shared insights about a career in commercial construction. Students also visited a local maker of robotic factories, Midwest Engineered Systems Inc. After the day's tours were complete, students reflected on where their God-given talents might be applied in a variety of trades.
Jada Lawrence's ('24) Pilot article "How to Stay Focused and Successful in Virtual High School" was published in one of Wisco's online platforms titled Study in the USA. This platform can be accessed from countries all across the globe. It is an informational site for students who are planning to study abroad. Congratulations Jada!
Wisconsin Lutheran High School is looking for a Central Office receptionist. This could be a full or part time position. Applicants must be a member in good standing of a WELS or ELS congregation. For a full job description and to submit a resume, contact Mrs. Becky Glass at email@example.com.
Seniors that have remaining funds in their meal accounts will be refunded their balance via check at the end of June. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
College Possible, a student support organization, is accepting applications from sophomores who are considering college. They offer support with researching colleges, preparing for the ACT, applying to scholarships, and navigating the financial aid process – everything you need to get to college! And they don’t stop there. College Possible keeps working with students all the way through college graduation.
Applications are online at collegepossible.org/join. If you don’t have time to do the whole application right now, just enter your name and email address, and click “save” at the bottom. You will get a prompt to re-enter your email address so you can get the link to finish your application later.
Wisco Fine Arts Department spearheaded an art contest this past spring under the theme "Rejoice in the Lord Always!" Students from birth through 8th grade were encouraged to participate. Click here for a presentation of winners and honorable mentions in each category. Thanks to everyone who shared a creation. Stay tuned for future Wisco creative contests!
With their final pick in the 2021 NFL draft, the Los Angeles Rams selected Viking alum Chris Garrett ('17) out of Concordia University, a Division II school. Chris played football all four years at Wisconsin Lutheran High School under Coach Joel Radue. He went on to a successful football career at Concordia University, St. Paul, as an outside linebacker and became an AP All-American. We are proud of Chris' hard work and look forward to seeing what God has in store for his future.
This year, Teacher Appreciation week is May 3-7. WLHS is blessed to have so many faculty members who teach and reflect the love of God to our students every day. Do you have a teacher that made an impact on your life? Share on our Wisco Facebook page! Thank you teachers!
To the parents of our incoming freshman Class of 2025, welcome to 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, since 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.
Senior Nguyet Ha “Kate” Luong is heading to the University of Kansas this fall on a four-year academic scholarship. Kate received the KU International Excellence Award which has an estimated value of $32,000 per academic year. The University of Kansas is a renowned public research university and is classified among R1: Doctoral Universities—Very high research activity.
Senior Nguyet Ha “Kate” Luong is heading to the University of Kansas this fall on a four-year academic scholarship. Kate received the KU International Excellence Award which has an estimated value of $32,000 per academic year. The University of Kansas is a renowned public research university and is classified among R1: Doctoral Universities—Very high research activity.
There is still an urgent need for blood donors and WLHS is once again leading efforts to fill those needs. On May 18, 19, and 20, WLHS has reserved specific time-slots at the Wauwatosa Donor Center (8733 Watertown Plank Road, Wauwatosa, WI 53226). Make your appoint online by clicking here. Our WLHS representative will input the appointment into the official donor schedule with Versiti.
WLHS Prism concerts will be held Friday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, May 22 at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, May 23 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. in the WLHS auditorium. Enjoy the God-given talents of our student ensembles, solos, duets, choirs and bands. Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children (A convenience fee will be added to online orders.) Tickets will also be available at the door, $8 for adults and $5 for children. Purchase tickets online here or in person at the WLHS front office. Tickets are going fast!
With the arrival of Spring, everyone is ready for more outdoor activities! Two springtime outings the students were able to enjoy this spring were mini golf and paintball. The seniors went to paintball as a class activity, while the freshmen and sophomore students enjoyed the farm-themed mini golf.
On April 25th the Residential Program held its first annual Sports Day. Organized by RAC members Jackson Lee (‘21) and Leo Wang (‘22), four teams met at the WLHS Athletic Field and competed in a variety of individual and team competitions. Events included 100, 200, and 400m races, tug-of-war, relay races, team jump rope, and ultimate frisbee. This springtime activity is a great new addition to our dormitory traditions!
Congratulations to juniors Ingrid Buschkopf (St. John's Lutheran School, Milwaukee), Benjamin Doerr (homeschool), Nicholas Johnston (St. John's Lutheran School, Milwaukee), Michael Sa (Seoul, Korea), and Madison Sipe (St. John's Lutheran School, Wauwatosa) for taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and meeting requirements to enter the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. With a Selection Index score of 207 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.
WLHS' first ever A Night on Broadway: Musical Revue ended its successful run on the WLHS stage this past weekend. Hundreds of students and adults enjoyed the musical talent of our genius cast and crew. Numbers included songs from Mary Poppins, Chicago, Cabaret, Jersey Boys, A Chorus Line, Rent, and many more. Thank you to all who helped make this show a reality and to all who came to support!
Parents of the Class of 2025 are invited to Future Freshman Parent Night on Wednesday, May 5, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the WLHS auditorium. This evening will give you the opportunity to learn more about how WLHS will operate for the 2021-2022 school year, Student Services, a review of scheduling information, and the graduation requirements at WLHS. It is primarily for parents, but if your student would like to attend they are welcome.
Wisconsin Lutheran High School offers more than 30 different elective classes in the STEM and STEAM fields. These offerings range from entry level to advanced. In an advanced STEM class, students used the process of electrolysis to separate oxygen and hydrogen from water. The oxygen and hydrogen were then used in combustion to produce heat for grilling. The end result, delicious brats without any propane or charcoal needed! Caring for the beautiful planet God gave us and enjoying Wisconsin traditions just got one step easier.
On Wednesday, May 5, 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.
The first full week in May has been designated as Teacher Appreciation Week, and Tuesday, May 4 is National Teacher Appreciation Day. Our teachers are a blessing and we are certainly thankful for the countless hours and Christian love that our teachers pour into the ministry at Wisco. Take some time to thank your teachers next week and offer support and encouragement to them as we partner to finish the year strong.
Students in Mr. Moldenhauer's English 9 classes have been reading Romeo and Juliet. Comprehending a 400-year-old play written in Elizabethan English can be challenging. To help students understand and connect to the play, they rewrite various scenes from Romeo and Juliet in a modern way and practice acting them out. Ultimately, students write and produce videos of their scenes to share with the class. It is fun to see how Shakespeare can come alive in 2021.
Check out the interviews from cast members of A Night on Broadway: Musical Revue. Learn about the success of Wisco's esports team, new movies, a letter from one of our international students who is studying in South Korea and more in the May edition of the student newspaper—the Pilot. Click here to read the latest edition.
Pastor Phil Huebner led a group of students to St. John's Lutheran School on the Caribbean island of Antigua to deliver school supplies that Wisco Witnesses in the World (WWW) collected this past fall. They quarantined together before the trip, followed all protocols, and tested negative for COVID before returning to the U.S. The group also attended church with the members, helped them clean, and enjoyed local culture. It was our biggest drive yet, with more than 1,050 lbs. of supplies collected. The supplies would have cost the island school well over $10,000 to attain. Praise God for this blessing!
Wisconsin Lutheran High School baseball, in partnership with the Milwaukee Brewers, is hoping to play a game on Wednesday, May 19, at 5:00 p.m. against Arrowhead at American Family Field (formerly Miller Park)! In order to make this dream scenario a reality, we need to help the Brewers sell tickets.
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The 2021 WLHS graduation service and ceremony takes place on Saturday, May 29, 11:00 a.m. at Franklin Field in the Rock Sports Complex in Franklin, Wis. This outdoor venue offers physically-distanced seating that can accommodate 2,000 guests. Graduating students may bring up to eight guests to the ceremony in addition to themselves.
On Saturday, April 17, WLHS hosted its 25th Annual Dinner Auction entitled "Empowered By Faith." In-person attendance was limited, but friends of Wisco were able to tune in and watch the event on livestream. In total, participants gave $575,000 to surpass our goal by a wide margin. Praise God! The event is meant to build relationships and provide for student tuition assistance and school budgetary needs. God has blessed WLHS with donors, volunteers, and and a Wisco family that supports our students and mission to provide a successful and Christ-centered future for all at WLHS.
Click here to watch the 2021 WLHS Dinner Auction video.
Sunday, April 18, was Mr. Ned Goede's final A Cappella church sing-out performance at St. Marcus Lutheran Church. Mr. Goede will fully retire at the end of this school year. He has served at WLHS as a personal counselor, religion instructor, and principal for more than 25 years. Among other duties, Mr. Goede served as director of the award-winning A Capella choir, the decorated swing choir, Wisco Kids, and several show-stopping musicals. In honor of his faithful service, Mayor Tom Barrett declared Sunday, April 18, 2021, to be Ned Goede Day.
On April 23-25, students and staff of our Fine Arts Music Department will present A Night on Broadway, A Musical Revue in the WLHS Auditorium. Our students will reprise 18 show tunes from several famous Broadway productions enhanced by choreography, costumes, and special effects. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Sorry, copyright laws do not allow us to livestream this event. Visit wlhs.org/musical for more information and tickets sales. Don’t miss it.
Wisconsin Lutheran High School is excited to once again have elementary students visit our building. This week students from WLHS conference schools came for the 4th grade roundabouts. The roundabout included stops for devotion, percussion with Director of Bands Mr. Petersen, work out with Assistant Principal Mr. Whiteside, science in action with chemistry teacher Mr. Nelson, and origami with International Admissions Director Mrs. Leyrer. We look forward to seeing these students again as freshmen in five years!
The Wisco group Girls United had the opportunity to meet and learn from a few mothers from New Beginnings – A Home for Mothers. The two groups shared personal stories and then learned from each other to push through tough times and lean on their faith in Jesus, their Savior.
Our featured Wisco Champions for the month of April are Eric ('10) and Annie Zeitler.
Annie says, "With Eric coaching Jr. Vikings Football and me coaching the WLHS Varsity Cheer team, we have a passion to show these young people what it means to be a Wisco Viking. By giving back to Wisco, we know that it will greatly impact these students and help them become great servant leaders and put Christ first in all that they do!"
Even if you aren't able to be at the WLHS Dinner Auction on Saturday, you can still join in the fun of mobile bidding and watch the virtual segment! Click here to visit the mobile bidding site where 2021 auction items are now available. Once you see something you like, click on the "Sign In" link at the top right of the page, and select the way you would like to register. Then, let the fun of silent bidding begin! Bidding is open now until 7:00 p.m. (CST) this Saturday, April 17, when the silent auction portion of the auction concludes.
You can also watch the virtual portion of the auction at 7:00 p.m. (CST) this Saturday, April 17! Tune in by visiting our YouTube channel here.
Don't forget to join our WLHS Online Auction Facebook Group page here!
Enrollment fees are due April 15. 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 2021-22 tuition. Enrollment contracts are required for all students; however, the fee is NOT required for MPCP or WPCP students. Payments can be made by credit card or electronic check.
After a year of COVID cancellations, WLHS mission trips will resume, praise God! Some restrictions remain so that we can only travel within the United States, and only seniors (who missed out last year) will be eligible for the reduced slate of six visits to WELS ministry sites.
Tickets are on sale now for the Hideaway Talent Show taking place this Friday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. This one-night only, variety show, organized by Wisco students, features the "hidden" talents of individuals and groups in the WLHS student body. Enjoy singing, dancing, skits and more. All proceeds will support the OHFHS Mission project. Tickets can be ordered online here for $2 or $5 depending on seat location. Masks and social-distancing are required.
Friday, April 16, is the last chance for young artists to submit a creation for the Wisco Creatives Art Contest. Click here for more information about this contest. The theme is "Rejoice in the Lord Always!" and focuses on what the artist finds beautiful or is thankful for.
After Easter break, WLHS was able to invite more students into the building per the City of Milwaukee Health Department’s (CMHD) relaxed social distancing standards. However, we are still required to take temperature checks, wear masks, and maintain six feet of distance during the lunch period. Starting Wednesday, April 14, we will be asking some of our students to eat lunch in one of three tents pitched in our parking lot and our visitors’ entrance courtyard. This means that the courtyard and visitors’ entrance will be closed temporarily to guests. The alternate visitors’ entrance from our parking lot will be Door 17, located to the west of the courtyard and students may enter from the parking lot at Door 10—the math hall. Thanks for your accommodation. Click here to read the entire Principal's memo regarding these updates.
Each spring the Wisconsin Department of Instruction (DPI) requires all freshmen and sophomores to write the ACT Aspire. WLHS 9th and 10th graders will write on Tuesday, April 20 in-person, at school in accord with DPI standard. Testing will begin at 7:45 a.m. Please note that students arriving after 7:45 a.m. are not allowed admittance. Testing will end about 2:00 p.m.
Though canceled last March due to COVID-19, the WLHS Civil Rights Tour resumed this spring. Following a period of quarantine and testing, 24 students and their chaperones traveled south from March 31–April 5. Their itinerary marked sites significant to the American Civil Rights Movement including the Atlanta History Center, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, AL, Rosa Parks Museum, and iconic sites associated with Dr, Martin Luther King, Jr. Students also engaged in guided discussions about what they saw and race relations then and now in addition to recording their reflections in journal entries. Without exception, students refer to this experience as one that creates significant personal growth.
School resumes on Monday, April 12. In-person learners will no longer have a virtual or rotation day, but will be in school every day we are in session. To read more about post-Easter learning mode updates, click here to read the letter that was previously sent to our families and students.
Our final Viking-2-Viking presentation of the year took place Thursday, April 1. Juniors and seniors who were interested learned about careers in the Fine Arts. Our speakers were Leah Gawel (‘15), a Milwaukee-based actress and voice instructor and Levi Nagel ('99), a full time church musician. We thank them for their time and for sharing their insight and experiences with our students!
Whether you are attending the 2021 WLHS Dinner Auction in-person or virtually, everyone can join in the fun of mobile bidding! Click here, to visit the mobile bidding site where 2021 auction items are now available. Once you see something you like, click on the "Sign In" link at the top right of the page, and select the way you would like to register. Then, let the fun of silent bidding begin! Bidding is open now until 7:00 p.m. (CST) on Saturday, April 17, when the silent auction portion of the WLHS Dinner Auction concludes. Bid early, and have fun!
Don't forget to join our WLHS Online Auction Facebook Group page here!
Do you have yard work or outside spring cleaning needs such as raking, hedge trimming, or window washing? Consider hiring hard-working members of WLHS student council for a free-will donation. Teams are available for up to four hours of outdoor work. All money raised goes to the 2020-21 WLHS mission project, New Beginnings – A Home for Mothers, which provides a loving place for single mothers to start a new life in a Christian setting. Work days will be held on any Saturday or Sunday starting April 17 & 18 through May 15 & 16. To request a team, please E-mail email@example.com and include your name, address, phone number, the work you need accomplished, any tools that might be needed, and the day(s) this work could be completed.
The most powerful truths are expressed in the simplest words: "It is finished." With these words, Jesus Christ declared that his payment for our sins was complete. "He is not here; he has risen, just as he said." And so the Easter morning angel declared that Jesus Christ is the victor over death.
The faculty and staff of Wisconsin Lutheran High School wish you a meditative time of repentance during your Holy Week and a JOYOUS victory celebration at the empty tomb Easter morning.
Easter break is April 2-9, which means no classes. Offices are closed Friday, April 2 and Monday, April 5. Office hours April 6-8 are 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., and on Friday, April 9 are 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. School will resume on Monday, April 12.
Communication was sent out to our school families (3/30/2021) regarding changes related to the City of Milwaukee Health Department's move to Phase 6 which eases social distancing standards. Click here to read the changes that go into effect after Easter break on Monday, April 12.
Update: Registration is full for most camps, but is still open for Soccer Camp and Strength and Conditioning Camp.
Don’t let your grade school children waste a minute this summer. Sign up for summer camp at Wisconsin Lutheran High School and explore a wide variety of activities and interests in a Christian setting. Camps include theater, sewing, sports, art, robotics, steelband, cheerleading, and more! For more information and to register, visit www.wlhs.org/explorers.
On Monday, freshman and sophomore students will take the DPI required ACT Aspire Test at Wisconsin Lutheran High School. ACT Aspire Early High School Test is a summative assessment that measures what students have learned in the areas of English, reading, math, science, and writing. It is a required day of school. Dismissal will be early at 2:00 p.m.
This last week, two Wisco students were baptized in private ceremonies. Julian Westmoreland ('23) (pictures 1-3) and Earnest Love ('22) (pictures 4-6) received the assurance of forgiveness through this washing. What a joy to see God’s grace richly poured out on these young men!
This Friday, March 26, is the deadline to purchase in-person tickets to the 25th annual Dinner Auction on Saturday, April 17, at 6:00 p.m. The in-person event will follow Milwaukee safety protocols. To purchase tickets, click here. Join the WLHS Online Auction Facebook Group silent and live auction items, as well as more information about virtual tickets!
Congratulations to our senior student athletes Emma Baacke and Natalie Tesch! The two signed letters of intent to continue playing volleyball at the collegiate level. Emma will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College here in Milwaukee, and Natalie will go to St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. May God bless their endeavors in college and beyond!
WLHS is pleased to present the Spring Sacred Choral Concert on Sunday, March 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium at Wisconsin Lutheran High School. The concert will feature a wide range of musical selections from the various choral and instrumental groups at Wisco. Each student singer is allowed four free tickets for the concert. Due to the seating capacity limitations, the concert will be livestreamed here and on the Wisco Facebook page.
Congratulations to two more of our students who have signed Esport scholarships! Nicholas Adelmund ('21) signed a scholarship to continue playing Overwatch for Concordia University - Wisconsin. He is planning to pursue a degree in computer science. Josh Schultz ('21) has signed an Esport scholarship to play Overwatch for Bryant & Stratton College. He plans to major in networking technology (IT). We congratulate Nicholas and Josh on their accomplishments and wish them the best in their future competitions!
The glimmer of lights, the catchy tunes, the energetic dancing . . . it's a night out on the greatest street—BROADWAY! This year's WLHS spring musical will be in the form of a revue featuring many of Broadway's all-time iconic, favorite songs. Performances will be held in the auditorium on Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 25, at 1:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale on Thursday, April 1, and may be purchased either at the reception window of Central Office or online here. (A convenience fee will be added to online orders.) Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children (through eighth grade).
Wisconsin Lutheran High School is looking for a strength & conditioning coach. Other duties will be added to make this a full-time position. Applicants must be a member in good standing of a WELS or ELS congregation. This position requires a certification as a CSCS through NSCA, USAW Level 1 or equivalent. Submit a resume to Becky Glass at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join our community of monthly givers called Wisco Champs, clicking here, by Wednesday, March 31, to receive a pair of Wisco sunglasses! Your donation makes an immediate impact on over 800 young men and women enrolled at Wisconsin Lutheran High School. When you become a Wisco Champion, you support academic excellence, faith and service, tuition assistance, and award winning co-curriculars at your high school. Champs additionally receive special invites, updates, news and more! To learn more, visit wlhs.org/wiscochampions.
Forensic science applies knowledge from biology, chemistry and physics to investigations. Thanks to popular shows like CSI and Criminal Minds, this field is high profile. While our AP Biology students are not working on crime scenes, they are learning about analyzing DNA, a person’s unique genetic blueprint, through a technique known as gel electrophoresis which separates DNA fragments revealing their one-of-a-kind composition (pictured). In the process students also practice their micropipette (an eyedropper that makes tiny drops) skills. Thanks to a grant from the Plautz Fund, we have the equipment, a MiniOne Electrophoresis System, to launch these budding forensic scientists.
On Wednesday, March 24, 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.
There are two more chances to order Scrip before the 2020-21 Scrip year ends on Wednesday, March 31. WLHS will place its last order on Monday, March 29. You may still place ScripNow or Reload orders until March 31, which will be credited for the current rebate year.
The Wisco music department is preparing for a weekend of concerts! On Friday, March 19, Wisco Kids will perform at 7:00 p.m., in the auditorium. While the concert is FREE, seating is limited and requires registration here. Family units may sit together.
On Sunday, March 21, at 3:00 p.m., the Concert Band will perform their spring concert in the auditorium. Concert goers are encouraged to watch these spring concerts on livestream here. Facebook watch parties will also be made available for both concerts. We wish God's blessings to our student musicians and staff!
The Spring Pilot is hot off the press! Enjoy stories from Wisco's student-produced newspaper here. Editorials include a recap of Wisco winter sports and Winter Festival, the Lunar New Year celebration, seasonal depression, and endangered animals.
WLHS is excited to offer both in-person and virtual admission to the 25th annual Dinner Auction on Saturday, April 17, at 6:00 p.m. This year's event, "Empowered by Faith," will feature an online silent and live auction, whiskey and wine pulls, and student performances. Virtual registration includes a Grubhub egift card and free access to the event online. The in-person event will follow Milwaukee safety protocols. For more information, visit wlhs.org/events. Join the WLHS Online Auction Facebook Group for additional updates!
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.
On Monday, March 15, seniors will pick up their free cap and gown packets for graduation during their lunch hour along with any extra graduation items they ordered. Virtual students may pick up their cap and gown packets after school that day or on Tuesday. All extra items ordered from Jostens must be paid in full before the order can be released.
Seniors will also have their picture taken in cap and gown on Tuesday, March 16 from 7:00 a.m.–12:45 p.m., in the library, for a future issue of WLHS' publication Contact. Seniors can use their own cap and gown for the picture, otherwise extra caps and gowns will be on hand. Virtual students are encouraged to arrive during that time frame. Order forms are being sent home with seniors this week and are available in Central Office. Pictures will arrive before graduation, and a digital option is available.
Sunday, March 14, 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!
Congratulations to Fa (Napatsawan) Boonkon ('21) recipient of the 2021 Herb Kohl Student Initiative Scholarship. Fa was selected for the $10,000 scholarship for her leadership, citizenship, school and community involvement, and academic achievement, as well as her ability to articulate her goals for the future. Fa plans to pursue a degree in interior design. We wish her God's blessings in her future plans!
WLHS is pleased to present a Spring Chamber Concert on Sunday, March 14, at 3:00 p.m. in the auditorium at Wisconsin Lutheran High School. The concert will feature a wide range of musical selections from the various instrumental groups at Wisco. Each musician is allowed four free tickets for the concert. Due to the seating capacity limitations, the concert will be livestreamed here and on the Wisco Facebook page.
As with many things this year, the Business Ed. Department had a need to reimagine hosting the annual financial literacy event known as "Reality Store." Fortunately, River Credit Union had the answer with their Digital Test Drive program. This program filled the same purpose as our Reality Store event has for many years: to prepare our seniors for the financial budgeting and decisions that adults make on a monthly basis. Seniors met with Mr. Jason Goede, Business Ed. Department Chair, via Google Meet to begin their simulation, and then completed it at home using their Chromebooks. While we plan for a return to our face-to-face event in 2022, we are thankful for the opportunity to provide these lessons in using God-given talents and resources wisely to our young people.
Last Saturday during the Spring Break, the students and the staff at Honey Creek Hall held the first-ever competitive version of the Honey Bee Talent Show, which was led by Jackson Lee (‘21) and Quang Le (‘21). With all the amazing God-given talents, from singing, dancing, to even cooking, everyone enjoyed spending their time together. Each performance received a score based on the votes collected from all the dormitory students. The Honey Bee Trophy was awarded to "Unit 205" which included Kei Ohtsuka (‘22), Anh Tran (‘21), Jackson Lee (‘21), Daniel Fasasi (‘23), Sora Takane (‘22), Tai Ngo (‘21), and Leo Wang (‘22). Congratulations on a wonderful and successful event in Honey Creek Hall!
Junior students are reminded that they are required to take the ACT on Tuesday, March 9, 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. This is an official ACT test. While some colleges are now test optional, many require an ACT score for admission. Dismissal will be no later than 1:00 p.m. Lunch will not be provided on this day.
Spring is right around the corner which means there will be another great opportunity to donate blood. The Student Council blood drive takes place Thursday, March 11, and Friday, March 12. Parents are welcome to donate blood and save lives! We are also encouraging students who are 16-years-old and older to donate. Sign-up registration is open now: click March 11 registration or March 12 registration. For questions, contact Mr. Andre Gosch at email@example.com.
To inspire her students and to celebrate Women's History Month, Fashion Tech and Design teacher Mrs. Patti Wenzel created a collage of pioneer women throughout the world. She searched for women in art, sports, and STEM to name a few. "Many people have heard of Simone Biles, but it was actually the efforts of Althea Gibson that paved the way for women to play in sports," Wenzel says. Both Biles and Gibson are highlighted in the collage. While students who walk the FACE hallway have easy access to this collage, all students are encouraged to check out room 185.
Spring Break is this Thursday and Friday, March 4 & 5, which means there will be no school those days. The school building will be open 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Thursday and 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Friday. Enjoy the break! Classes will resume on Monday, March 8.
This year our annual Reality Store, under the direction of Business Education Department Chair Jason Goede, will be virtual and run by Royal Credit Union. The goal of this event is to teach our seniors how to spend, share, and save their God-given finances. Students will learn about financial literacy as they walk through a month of bill paying and dealing with unexpected financial events (e.g. car repairs) that adults experience. Mr. Goede will E-mail Seniors with specific instructions and start times for Tuesday morning.
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 deposit does not apply to MPCP or WPCP students. The enrollment deposit is due at the time you submit your enrollment contract by electronic check or credit card. The enrollment contract will be available beginning March 15 in your onCampus account (login here). Regular monthly payments are due on the 1st or 15th of the month 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).
Wisconsin Lutheran High School is pleased to announce the Academic Top Ten for the Class of 2021. Please note that this year we have two co-valedictorians: 1. Alyssa Ebeling 1. Qiusu (Emily) Miao 3. Anh Quang Le 4. Karah Valerio 5. Sarah Bitter 6. Lydia Hahm 7. Alexandra Miles 8. Emma Pufahl 9. Mackenzie Schalk 10. Ian Wiltsey
On Monday, February 22, Ben Haakenson ('21) from St. John's, Wauwatosa, signed an esports scholarship to Bethany Lutheran College, in Mankato, Minn. We congratulate Ben on his skillful effort and his continued success. This is the first esports scholarship awarded to a student at Wisconsin Lutheran High School.
In tribute to African Americans who have made significant contributions to our country in a variety of fields, WLHS math and business teacher, Mrs. Shakirah Cousins, created a highly informative Periodic Table of Black History. On the table, viewers will find descriptions of 118 well-known and lesser known African Americans who made an important mark in art, politics, science, entertainment, entrepreneurship, athletics, and other areas.
After studying Lord Byron’s poem, “The Destruction of Sennacherib” based on II Kings 18 and 19, seniors in Mrs. Goede’s British Literature class wrote their own Old Testament inspired poems and then turned them into pieces of visual art.
In a game worthy of overtime, Wisco Vikings boys basketball survived an excellent Whitefish Bay team to win the regional title, 67-62, over the Blue Dukes. This was the 20th victory of the season and the first regional title since 2014. The team is two wins away from state and hosts Martin Luther on Thursday night in the sectional semifinal.
"Moonlight Masquerade" is the theme of the WLHS Junior and Senior Prom coming up on Saturday, May 1. Tickets go on sale beginning Monday, April 12. The early price of $60 lasts from April 12-20. April 21-22 tickets can still be purchased for $75. Buy tickets in the business office using cash, check, and credit card.
New this year, the venue has moved to Sheraton, Brookfield which provides a larger space and can accommodate social distancing. Guests outside our student body will not be permitted.
Juniors need to come to the Student Services Office to pick up your form to register an account on the ACT website. If you do not do this before the test on March 9, you will not be able to select four colleges/universities to send your scores to for free. Please stop by Student Services and pick up your form during your free period. If you don't have a free period, you can come before or after school, during lunch, or during homeroom. If you are 100% virtual, we will email a pdf document to you.
This month’s publication of New Berlin Neighbors, a local magazine for residents, features the Aufdemberge family. Mark Aufdemberge currently serves as pastor of Jordan Lutheran Church in West Allis, which helps operate Lamb of God Lutheran School. Mark and his wife, Deb, have three children who have all gone to WLHS. Read about how Alex (‘11), Graeme (‘16), Lydia (‘21), and their parents serve Christ and each other in the article written by Cindy Wendland. May God bless all their endeavors!
The Wisco annual Spring Training tailgate in Arizona has become a fan favorite for our alumni near and far. While we unfortunately are postponing this outing one more year (get ready 2022!), we look forward to baseball in the spring and to safely seeing our alumni once again. Go Brewers!
While Valentines Day may be over, WLHS still wants to share the love. Fill out our Wisco alumni wedding anniversary form here, and be entered in a $25 Amazon gift card drawing. Two entries will be chosen on Friday, February 26, 2021.
Open enrollment for the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program is going on now and closes Monday, February 22. Enrollment guidelines have changed this year to accommodate our school's mitigation practices in light of COVID-19 and our commitment to maintaining a safe school environment for our students, staff, and guests. Current MPCP families need to re-enroll each year.
The Wisco family extends beyond the physical walls of the school. Partnerships with local businesses are a rich tradition at WLHS. Recently, the vice president of Weather Tight Corp, Mr. Todd Schulz, spoke to a group of woodworking students about careers in the trades. Students especially learned about opportunities in the remodeling industry. These presentations are one more way the Wisco family helps students discover their God-given talents for service to Him and community.
Two Viking wrestlers, Amos Weide ('21) and David Carson ('21), capped their seasons and careers with an appearance at the WIAA State Individual Championships on Saturday, February 13 at Kaukauna High School. Amos (195) placed 5th. He won his quarterfinal match over Roman Martell of Oshkosh West by fall in 3:45. He then fell in 4:58 to eventual runner-up Rudy Detweiler of Stoughton in the semifinals before bouncing back to defeat Gage Timm of Shawano by fall in 3:53 to claim fifth place.
Seniors, if you have not completed your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), College Goal WI is offering a few more dates this spring to assist families in the completion of this form. Remember, the FAFSA allows you to access grants and loans from the federal government to help pay for your college tuition. Click the link here to register. If you have questions, see your counselor in the Student Services Office.
Counselors will complete meetings with the junior class this week to select courses for next school year. If your junior student has not met with a counselor yet, they should stop in the Student Services Office to set up a time. The Sophomore class has also begun the course selection process. Sophomore students should check their email daily for a meeting invitation to come to the Student Services Office to select their courses for next school year. You can view your child's requested courses by logging into your onCampus account. From your child's profile, select Course Requests from the menu bar and you will be able to see the courses selected.
Prior to the start of the WIAA Sectional Championship at Brookfield East High School on Saturday, February 6, Coach Bill Plamann was honored by the Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association and presented with a watch in commemoration of his 30th year of coaching wrestling. Thank you, Coach Plamann, for your commitment to Wisconsin Lutheran High School and the sport of wrestling. To see a full list of the 2020 award recipients, click here.
Congratulations to the WLHS Forensics Team for their Third Place Small Team win at the virtual Union Grove Tournament this past Saturday! Individual congratulations go out to Mercedes Rzepkowski ('21) (Fourth Place Finalist in Farrago), Luke Wegner ('21) (Third Place in Special Occasion), and Stephanie Noeske ('22) (Second Place in Farrago).
This follows their accomplishments on January 30 at the Virtual Badger Polar Plunge Festival, where Zhongtian Wang ('23) , Hieu Than ('23), Sofia Chasco ('22), and Luke Wegner ('21) took Third Place, Oliva Hermanson ('24) and Valerie Kane ('22) took Second Place, and Stephanie Noeske ('22), Sam Li ('23), and Mercedes Rzepkowski ('21) took home First Place medals. Congratulations to the Forensics Team on their success!
Congratulations to Hannah Behroozi (’21) and Alexandra Miles ('21) who have advanced to National Merit Finalist standing. Hannah and Alexandra entered the National Merit Scholarship Competition their junior year with over 1.5 million other students.
SafeSchools Alert is Wisconsin Lutheran High School's new tip reporting system. If students or parents have information about a threat to safety, there are four easy ways to report it anonymously. Threats include bullying, intimidation, harassment, weapons, drugs and other. Click here for instructions for using SafeSchools Alert.
We also encourage students and parents to bring concerns of this nature to our assistant principals, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Maintaining a safe school environment is among our highest priorities, and alert eyes and ears are critical to maintaining security for all as is the willingness to report behavior and events that run contrary to our Christian school culture.
Our seniors will participate again in the annual Reality Store, an experience designed to give them a glimpse of the future. Each student is assigned an adult profile which includes their occupation, annual income, and family status. Then they move to various stations where life happens: buying a car, purchasing food and clothing, paying unexpected expenses and more. At the end they must give an accounting of how they managed their finances. This year’s event will be virtual. Students will be divided into groups with staggered starting times between 10:00 a.m. and noon. Asynchronous students will receive a special arrangement. Check with Mr. J. Goede for more information.
"Old Hollywood" Winter Festival 2021 was a red-carpet success! The week's activities included dress-up days, lunchtime activities, and on Thursday night, senior Corey Tipton won the prestigious title of Mr. Wisco among a field of five candidates. The week capped off with a socially distanced pep rally. Cheer and dance teams performed, and basketball and wrestling teams were introduced. To end the festivities, senior Sam Hartman was crowned Festival King.
Congrats to alum Chris Garrett (‘17) who recently was selected to play in the 2021 All-Star Hula Bowl Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii. Chris played as an outside linebacker in the game. He currently plays football for Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Chris credits WLHS for surrounding him with a caring support system that wouldn’t give up on him, helping him to be where he is today. An invitation to play in the Hula Bowl is a once in a lifetime opportunity that draws NFL scouts. Click here to read an article from the Milwaukee Journal on his inspiring story.
The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) started working on a new approach to improve the rider experience and meet the community's modern needs. Phase One of MCTS NEXT takes effect on Sunday, March 7, 2021 – with improvements and adjustments to Routes 15, 19, 20, 31, 33, 35, 51, 52, 63, and 68. Please check out the newly-updated RideMCTS.com/NEXT, which features an interactive map, or call 414-344-6711 for specific information about what to expect and if the changes will impact your commute. Route 67 (currently on Glenview Ave) will no longer serve Glenview or S. 84th Street. Instead, Route 33 will serve Wisco., connecting the school to downtown Milwaukee and National Avenue in West Allis.
2021 Open Enrollment started on Monday, February 1, and is for all families wishing to utilize the Milwaukee (MPCP) or Wisconsin (WPCP) Parental Choice Program for the 2021-22 school year.
Enrollment guidelines have changed this year to accommodate our school's mitigation practices in light of COVID-19 and our commitment to maintaining a safe school environment for our students, staff, and guests.
Students in World History and US History had the opportunity to hone their artistic abilities and writing skills in the Poster Project. Each student chooses an important historical person or place to highlight. Yes, they do use all of the latest software and apps in some of their other assignments, but this “old school” assignment is still one of their favorites and extremely beneficial!
Two WLHS art students will have their artwork displayed at the 45th Scholastic Art Awards. Juniors Elaine Nguyen and Sam Qiu received Silver Key awards and will be represented at the virtual exhibition from February 6 through March 21, 2021 at mam.org.
Lydia Hahm ('21), Lucy Li ('23), Lucy Lu ('21) and Malena Norman ('24) all received honorable mentions.
At the start of second semester, our WLHS art department welcomed art teacher Miss Hannah Leverence. Miss Leverence's new position will help accommodate the department's growing curriculum needs in graphic design and exploratory art. A 2016 graduate from WLHS, Hannah received her Bachelor's degree in art and education from Wisconsin Lutheran College. She's a familiar face around the high school, helping as a teachers aide for Summer Academy these past four years. Hannah says, "I’m humbled to come from a long line of Wisco alumni—every generation back to my great grandparents. I’m proud to follow in my grandpa’s (Kenneth Leverence, former Wisco math teacher) footsteps."
Two WLHS art students will have their artwork displayed at the 45th Scholastic Art Awards. Juniors Elaine Nguyen and Sam Qiu received Silver Key awards and will be represented at the virtual exhibition from February 6 through March 21, 2021 at mam.org.
Lydia Hahm ('21), Lucy Li ('23), Lucy Lu ('21) and Malena Norman ('24) all received honorable mentions.
Congratulations to the Wisco varsity cheerleading team! The team competed virtually at the iCheer Championship and took home first place out of nine teams! They also had three top finishers for individual routines.
Taking place annually since 2011, National School Choice Week is America’s largest celebration of educational choice. The not-for-profit effort is celebrated every January and uses a wide variety of media to shine a spotlight on the positive outcomes students achieve when enrolled in choice schools. Wisconsin Lutheran High School has participated in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program for nearly 20 years and more recently joined the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program. These choice programs expand the options families have in selecting K-12 schools and have been a great blessing to our students.
On Friday, January 29, at 2:15 p.m. classes will end to allow for a 45-minute, all-school pep rally. In order to social distance, only seniors will be in the gym and all other students will report to their homerooms for the livestreamed event. Click here for the afternoon assembly schedule.
On Saturday, January 23, Wisco Steelpans presented their first concert of the season. All three pan groups performed: Chi Ro, Ichthys, and Tragoudi. Junior Nathaniel Frisque was a guest saxophone soloist with the steelpans. The concert created an additional unique mood with special lighting and theatrical fog. Congrats on a concert well done by our student musicians!
The 2021 WLHS Dinner Auction, the premier fundraising event at Wisconsin Lutheran High School, will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021. Your participation allows you to have a personal role in supporting the success and spiritual lives of our students.
The WLHS Mission Advancement office is looking for item donations and sponsorships. Donations can include: tickets to athletic or musical events, professional services, jewelry, 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.
Senior Isaiah Hopf has officially signed with the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, a Division III school, for track. We appreciate Isaiah’s hard work and dedication during his time at Wisco, and we wish God’s blessings on his future! #beviking
This last semester Mr. Marc Shambeau shared a short devotion with his math classes each day. Several of these devotions included students setting goals for the class and writing a short prayer, which they then displayed on his classroom walls. These goals and prayers are a daily reminder that they are striving for more than just A's in math classes, but are looking to keep a daily connection to their Lord and Savior. #SuccessMeansMore #WiscoMathRocks
The second quarter ended last week Thursday, January 14. 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.
Today, we held our annual "Thanksgiving for Civil Rights" service to thank God for the civil rights movement and to ask his help in honoring our commitment to live out MLK's legacy. Pastor Carlos Leyrer, President of Divine Savior Ministries in Doral, Florida, gave the address. Vicente Janik (‘21) and Ouray Harper (‘21) read the Scriptural lessons. Pastor Leyrer called on us to listen, acknowledge, and act in ways that are God-pleasing, speaking out against wrongs and promoting racial healing. As a Christian school, we celebrate the unity that we all share in the Body of Christ and aim to be what God created us to be: light in this otherwise dark world. We know that, through Christ, we will overcome. Click here to watch a recording of the service.
About one year ago, Tim Mielke's ('95) wife Nicole was diagnosed with an "ultra high risk" variant of Multiple Myeloma. Doctors began aggressive treatments and put her on a list for a transplant, which she received in July. Through it all, God has used this experience to accomplish His purpose in the lives of Tim's family, and the results of recent tests show that Nicole is now in remission. To God be the glory!
Tim would be honored to have the WLHS family offering prayers of thanks and praise for God's goodness and blessings to his wife and family, as well as prayers for continued healing. Click here to read the touching letter Tim wrote to his WLHS family.
We are proud of our student council for planning a great Old Hollywood themed Festival this year while working within the parameters of our COVID mitigation plan. School spirit will be on display next week! Student council has planned dress-up days, lunch-time activities, Mr. Wisco contest, and a modified, socially-distanced pep rally on Friday, January 29, when a Festival king is crowned.
On Saturday, January 9, Wisco guard Jordan Glenn ('22) collapsed during the basketball game against Menomonee Falls High School. Praise God that medical professionals in the stands quickly applied life-saving measures to Jordan. While doctors are still trying to find out the cause, Jordan has been recovering and is back at school.
Today, on a day dedicated to reflecting on and celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it is especially important that we acknowledge that Wisconsin Lutheran High School opposes racism and seeks to promote racial healing.
While we cannot control what each of our students posts to their social media channels, we can control what we model and teach them. As a Christian school, one of our five core values is "multi-ethnic" -- celebrating the mutual benefit of cross-cultural, integrated relationships in the unity of the Body of Christ.
At Wisconsin Lutheran, students learn how to respond to racism in a constructive way through our Civil Rights Tour, and additionally are encouraged to discuss issues in our "Courageous Conversations about Race" groups. Our faculty has regular professional development in confronting racism. This past summer, the high school developed a four-part video series on racial awareness ending in a one-day workshop addressing our current racial climate. On Wednesday, we hold our annual "Thanksgiving for Civil Rights Service" for our student body to celebrate our commitment to live out MLK's legacy.
We became aware earlier today of an incident involving WLHS students who posted inappropriate, unacceptable and racially offensive content on their own personal social media channels, and we began immediately to investigate the situation. While that process is ongoing, the students involved have been suspended indefinitely pending further action.
On Wednesday, January 20, Wisconsin Lutheran High School will hold its annual worship service to thank God for the civil rights movement. Pastor Carlos Leyrer, President of Divine Savior Ministries, Doral, Florida, will give the address. Mrs. Becky Metzger and Mr. Jeff Krumbein will assist in worship. The service will be livestreamed here at 8:35 a.m. (CST). We will follow the morning assembly schedule that day which can be found here.
WLHS is offering a Construction Skills class second semester for advanced woods students. Students will learn about building codes, framing walls, attaching siding, building rafters and more. The culminating project is the construction of a shed that will be put together off site. If you are interested in a shed constructed by our students, contact Mr. Joel Radue at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 second semester. Pricing for all meals will apply based on free, reduced or paid status.
A student who has the following symptoms should stay home:
A temperature above 100.4 F,
a new, uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty in breathing,
diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain,
new onset of severe headache, especially accompanied by a fever,
loss of taste and/or smell.
These symptoms may not be indicative of COVID; however, the student should stay home for at least two days and be fever-free without fever-reducing medication for 24 hours and receive clearance from our attendance office to return.
Tuesday, January 19 is semester two orientation for 100% virtual learners. Students who have elected 100% virtual learning are asked to come to the school building to meet in person with their teachers, learn about expectations for second semester classes, and pick up texts and other materials. An abbreviated schedule can be found here. The day concludes at 11:30 a.m. Face-to-face learners do not have school this day.
We resumed class after Christmas break which happened to land on El Día de los Tres Reyes Magos in 2021. Traditionally, in Spain and much of Latin America, children receive gifts from "the magi" on January 6. Profe Hernandez commemorated the visit of the magi by dressing up and passing out gifts of candy to the jóvenes!
The last day of first semester is Thursday, January 14 and second semester begins Wednesday, January 20. Second semester schedules are available in onCampus. Students should review their schedules for the second semester. Some changes needed to be made due to covid mitigation procedures. These changes primarily affected physical education classes. If you have questions about any changes you see in your schedule, please contact your counselor.
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Each day Wisco is working to prepare young adults for productive, Christ-centered lives as they head into a diverse world. As the high school continues to FOCUS on the future, we know that without your SUPPORT, Wisconsin Lutheran High School would not exist. We pray that you will consider giving a gift of appreciation to our Viking Annual Fund here.
Each gift of $50 or more, given by January 31, will receive the WLHS Christmas CD filled with selections from the 2020 WLHS Fine Arts Advent Calendar in song.
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 January 31, 2021.
The brand-new Wall of Inspiration is up in our music hall! Check it out to learn more about the performers of Inspiration and about this vocal jazz group. Inspiration is a co-curricular which sings Christian contemporary as well as vocal jazz music. Membership is by audition only, and is determined each spring for the following school year.